Spotlight: Luba Sharapan
Opened August 21, 2010
MudFire Gallery joins Atlanta's Citywide Gallery Opening on Saturday, August 21, with a showing of new works by resident artist and MudFire founder Luba Sharapan. The gallery will be open for visitors from Noon to 8:00 pm, with an artist reception with snacks from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Luba Sharapan is a studio potter who creates dinnerware and other functional objects that feature a unique painterly finish reminiscent of encaustic. She works with a palette of underglazes, slips, engobes and stains to achieve a textured, layered effect with a soft satin finish. Luba uses saturated liner glazes, appropriated text and imagery via decals, occasional silhouettes, and hints of platinum and gold lusters in the work to add nuance, refinement, and occasionally humor.
Atlanta's Citywide Gallery Opening includes over 30 galleries, museums, and art spaces for a day-long extravaganza of art in all media and modes. Download the venues map.
MudFire's Spotlight Solo series offers quick, focused looks at new work by outstanding studio potters from around the country.
Images of individual works for this past exhibit are not available.
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My favorite hack theory about the existence of human life on earth is that we were seeded here by extraterrestrials. Sort of like bees making honey, they knew that we'd bring all the raw materials of the planet to the surface, process them into useful compounds and units like plastics and alloys, then concentrate them in piles (cities, landfills, etc.) where our masters could then easily harvest these goodies for their own use. If this process eventually killed the worker drones (us) or adversely effected the lifecycles of the planet itself, that would be of no concern. The point was efficient resource extraction.
Though admittedly ridiculous and based on no facts (sort of like the Pentagon), this theory has a compelling internal consistency and does offer an explanation for certain strange human behaviors such as packaging small amounts of water in plastic bottles, demolishing perfectly good houses for the sake of big-box developments and dumping mercury in the oceans. Whatever the origin of our shenanigans, we've become so intransigent that the planet itself seems to be trying to throw us off. The old world is rusting and peeling all around us... so big industry buries the old metal stuff, and makes us new shiny plastic stuff so that we can feel like we're doing well for ourselves.
But not clay. Clay pots last forever. They don't lose their cool factor. They don't fade, peel or rust. Alien archaeologists might actually find something good to say about our culture 100,000 years from now since clay is about the only thing they'll find intact. I make work that looks worn... because to me "worn" means used, loved and as yet, not replaced by plastic. Maybe they won't think we were that bad after all.