At Longhouse Projects, Keiko Narahashi Paints Pictures In Clay

THE DAILY PIC: The New York ceramicist depicts abstract painting.


THE DAILY PIC: I hate to jump on the latest ceramics-in-art bandwagon–but that sound you hear is me leaping. My hop was triggered by the New York artist Keiko Narahashi, whose work is in a group show at Longhouse Projects in New York. She’s presenting a suite of strange objects, each one a flat slab of colored clay with another flange that sticks out behind at right angles to keep the whole structure upright, the way that cardboard menu cards were held up at an old Howard Johnson’s. That means that what we have here doesn’t read as abstraction, per se, so much as a picture or even reproduction of what could be an abstract, color-field painting, rendered in clay and then propped up for our contemplation. Using ceramics to depict another medium’s non-figuration seems a worthwhile move, when so much of the clay that’s on today bandwagon is simply abstraction itself, by no other name. (Image courtesy the artist and Longhouse Projects, NY)

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