When: Sept. 4-Dec. 6 2013
Voulkos, Inspired demonstrates the many ways in which the influence of one spectacular artist can manifest in the works of others. The late Peter Voulkos was known internationally for his dense, abstract clay sculptures that seemed to embody a raw spontaneity. A long-beloved teacher at UC Berkeley and founder of the university’s ceramics department, he also had a reputation for motivating others to abandon utilitarian ceramics and embrace expression through bold, poetic forms. Voulkos, Inspired highlights some of these instances, showcasing work by local artists that draw inspiration conceptually and aesthetically from Voulkos’ revolutionary body of work. The group exhibition, now on view at Kala Art Institute’s Berkeley Central Arts Passage (2055 Center St., Berkeley), features a range of media including sculpture, video, photography, and weaving. Leah Rosenberg’s collection of sculptures resembles colorful, weather-worn books made through the layering of acrylic paint. Meanwhile, Randy Colosky offers playful, abstract bronze sculptures that rethink the lost-wax casting process by incorporating utilitarian pieces artistically. Even more playful are Double Zero’s (Annie Vaught and Hannah Ireland) video and photographs featuring people as sculptures, costumed in headdresses made of found objects.