Patrick Parrish Gallery presents a series of new ceramic sculptures by Cassie Griffin.
Pots as bricks, with which to build, break, compose and deconstruct. From the elegance of the neutral forms of Ladies to the gnarled, flattened Chargers we experience the vessel disengaged and rephrased. On display are two approaches to production. Vertical: In Ladies we see the concept of the shell, performed as pot, incised and charmed into a classical sculpture narrative, Venus in the living room.
Sitting beneath this is the horizontal: Chargers flattened by their own weight, pulling material down, gravity generating a pool in which Griffin catches the detritus of building up, a collage, making fertile the horizontal.
Cassie Griffin is a trained potter, formally throwing clay to be used as construction material. Herein
her process lies close to that of West-coast American funk ceramicists of the 1970s. As Peter Voulkos describes: “the minute you begin to understand what you’re doing it loses that searching quality. You have to forget about the little technical problems that don’t matter. You finally reach a point where you’re no longer concerned with keeping this blob of clay centered on the wheel and up in the air.” Now we encounter this idea where the recognized qualities of craftsmanship are abandoned in order to present something specific -- the maker exercising ideas and personality through a single material.
Cassie Griffin lives and works in New York. Her work will be featured in Vogue and Interview this fall. She completed the Thun Ceramic Residency this August in Bolzano, Italy. Recent shows include; Dear Material Things, Thun, Bolzano, Italy; Selected by, Limoncello, London; To have and to hold, Andrew Kreps, New York; The Cat Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles; Concept Incline, Jack Chiles, New York.