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Markus Karstieß, Solaris II, 2012, raku-glazed ceramic, plywood, 19 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 1/8".

Markus Karstieß

Bruce Haines Mayfair

Markus Karstieß, Solaris II, 2012, raku-glazed ceramic, plywood, 19 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 1/8".

Although Markus Karstieß plays within the language and possibilities of his chosen medium—clay—the resulting artworks are far from what we typically expect of the material. The works are handmade, with ample signs of squeezing, kneading, prodding, cutting, pressing, and scraping. In their rough-hewn way, they recall the ceramic sculptures of Californians such as Peter Voulkos and the Otis Group of the 1950s, but the objects Karstieß makes are smaller and invoke ideas that are closer to the traditions of sculpture and painting than to those of craft.

For the works in this exhibition, “Mirror Fall Down Mirror Gone Down,” Karstieß used a raku technique to fire his ceramics. The process creates unpredictable results and can leave a fine craquelure on the glaze; in this case, additional metal in the form of platinum has been mixed in with the glaze, giving some pieces a dark

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