Presenting the the first solo exhibition for this internationally renowned maker in the United States. Reminiscent of ethnographic neckpieces as well as Elizabethan ruffs, Hoogeboom's dense yet lightweight works conform comfortably to the body, yet also present cogent aesthetic statements when not worn.
Created from repetitive modules of colored ceramic slip (viscous hand cast clay), which has been mounted in silver or steel, Hoogeboom’s necklaces, along with brooches, bracelets and rings, hover between nature and synthesis. They speak of growth through “gardens” of plant-like units that equally suggest archeological amphorae and futuristic pods. This special collection of Hoogeboom’s jewelry contains examples from the early years of his career to the present. He is consistently interested in vernacular Dutch ceramics, such as blue/white Delftware and terra cotta flowerpots, but trips to Southeast Asia and China expanded his cultural markers by introducing him to typical Asian vessels and flora, in addition to industrially manufactured plastic and rubber objects, with their compelling textured surfaces, excellent for use as molds. Hoogeboom's necklaces,made from Taiwanese porcelain combined with metal and occasionally other materials, connote nature in the form of acorns, gourds, or oak leaves, along with small domestic objects like finger cots, frocks, or thimbles.
An artist of international stature, Hoogeboom has been nominated for awards from countries as far reaching as Italy, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Hoogeboom is represented in the collections of Château Borély, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille, France; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and in The Netherlands, SM’s Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum of Ceramic Art Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem; and Museum Prinsenhof, Delft.
Peter Hoogeboom will be speaking at Brooklyn Metal Works on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2pm.