23 Jul 2019

Elisa D'Arrigo: In the Moment

Elizabeth Harris Gallery

Reviewed by Jill Nathanson

Each improvisational work in Elisa D’Arrigo’s exhibition of ceramic sculpture is not only a piece of art to be seen, but a newly minted being to meet.

The sculptures have an off-balance, arrived-at posture, as if paused in a dance. Various cylinder-based forms, partially collapsed, often need the support of appendages. They struggle to stay lifted while glaze colors dribble down the interiors and exteriors. These vessel-beings are funny and beautiful, slapstick and mysterious.

D'Arrigo says, "I try to find what I want in the piece, through the process." This process involves forming, crushing, and pulling. Multiple firings and risky applications of glazes further transform the works.

In Stancer (2018), form is an effort against slackening or collapse. The gorgeous mixing of blue-gray and rust feels like the work's essence, its struggle to stay intact. Color, light, and form hold outside and inside together, just enough.

Exhibition Elisa D'Arrigo: In the Moment
Start date 30 Mar 2019
End date 11 May 2019
Presenter Elizabeth Harris Gallery link
Venue 529 West 20th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Elisa D'Arrgio, Stancer, 2018, glazed ceramic, 7 x 7.5 x 5.5 inches, courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery
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