|Jomon Bowl, 1500 BCE; Minoan Octopus Jar, 1300 BCE|
Of course clay is eminently practical - it's watertight and once fired, surprisingly durable - hence the existence of pots thousands of year old. But we humans being artful creatures, just plain pots weren't good enough. The pot makers of Jomon Japan decorated their vessels with exuberant, swirling rims, while in the ancient Aegean the sea-faring Minoans wrapped the image of an octopus around a spherical vessel, beautifully marrying form and content.
|Wayne Ngan, Beige Vase, 2008. Stoneware, 9″ x 6 ¼ ” x 5 7/8”|
|Brie Ruais, Perimeter with Crumpled Center, 2013.|
Next, a group show of 19 up-and-coming American artists, is on view at Arsenal Toronto till February 15, 2015.