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Brian Kluge

There exist certain predispositions that we share as human beings; similarities between peoples separated by culture, time, and space. Forms and subject matter of so-called ‘primitive’ abstractions echo one another through history. These echoes have somehow maintained poignancy despite cultural misinterpretation and/or manipulation. I believe this is possible because of some kind of an aesthetic ideal ingrained in the most basic parts of humankind. This has been fascinating to me personally when, looking inward, I have created something new, only to later discover echoes from makers previously unknown to me. I find these occurrences to be reassuring because they demonstrate evidence of a connection to something larger than myself.

Chroma Weight, Wait ceramic

Chroma Weight, Wait

ceramic

More specifically, within my work I seek to explore the collective unconscious present in simple form, organizational systems (such as the grid), and basic color. In my studio practice I am equally thief, designer, and recombinator; mining everyday objects for forms and surface qualities, crafting prototypes and molds, then refracting the world I see in new objects. I prefer to make my work from clay for its malleability, non-preciousness, and physicality.

My sculptures convey a sense of familiarity in fabrication—a human being made this— while retaining a sense of mystery concerning time or place. It is my intention to leave the narrative possibilities unformed in order to heighten a strictly sensory experience of the object or installation. Ultimately, I am engrossed in the ability of the understated and the quiet to engage subconscious triggers which in turn may produce a moment of introspection, emotion, discovery.

artist portrait by Rey Berrones
 

Current Works

Buoy Weight Form $350

ceramic 16 x 6 x 6

Curio Series - L: 16.5 x 6 x 6 - $350 M: 29 x 6 x 6 - $400 R: 10 x 6 x 6 - $300

ceramic

Untitled Swell #1 (Node Series) $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5 

Untitled Swell #5 (Node Series) $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5 

Untitled Swell #3 (Node Series) $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5 

Untitled Swell #2 (Node Series) $1000

ceramic 24 x 24 x 4.25 

Swell Stitch $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5 

Untitled Swell (Copperas Compositions) $1000

ceramic 24 x 24 x 4.25

Untitled Swell #4 (Node Series) $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5

Untitled Swell #6 (Node Series) SOLD

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5

Untitled Swell #7 (Node Series) $800

ceramic 20.5 x 20.5 x 3.5


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