Tony Marsh and Robert Brinker
July 6th to August 5th
Reception with the artists on August 2nd from 5 to 8pm
Gallery Talk at 6pm
For availability and pricing please contact the gallery.
The ceramic vessel is currently my primary vehicle of expression. I am fascinated by its deep and unparalleled history and position between nature and culture. While the vessels that I make are not utilitarian nor do they specifically refer to a historical pottery type or style, I believe that I use them as a device to address the essential. On a simple level they do attempt to pay homage to what pottery from around the world has always been required to do, hold, store, preserve, offer, commemorate and beautify.
Marriage, fertility, creation, death and the difference between the numinous and the physical are the essential primary subjects related to human experience that occur and reoccur in my work.
Much of the work is dichotomous in nature; being both sensual and cerebral, organic & geometric, solid & weightless, masculine & feminine.
In the end, whether it might be a vase on a table, an empty coin bank, the bowl on the night stand, a burial urn or a ballot box, what could be more natural than to put something in a vessel.
Born in New York City and raised on the west coast in Central California. Marsh grew up in an arts rich environment where both parents were artists. He earned his BFA in Ceramic Art at California State University Long Beach in 1978. Spent 3 years, 1978-81, in Mashiko, Japan at the workshop of Mingei Master Potter Tatsuzo Shimaoka who went on to become designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1996. Completed his MFA at Alfred University in 1988. Tony Marsh lives and works in Long Beach, California where he has been the Program Chair of Ceramic Arts for over 25 years at California State University, Long Beach. You will find Marsh’s ceramic art in many private and permanent museum collections around the world, included among them: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Mad Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of Art, the Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.