Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast
Friday, January 17 – Sunday, July 6, 2014
Upper Farago and Porcelain Galleries
Opening reception: Thursday, January 16, 5-7:30 pm, free
Artist’s Talk: Arlene Shechet Breaks the Mold: Meissen Overtime
Thursday, March 20, 2-3 pm, free
“Arlene Shechet, known for her wild and witty sculptures, took a variety of [Meissen’s] classic molds and radically repurposed them. The result is a collection of more than 60 strange but beautiful hybrids.”
— ELLE DECOR
“Arlene Shechet continues to expand upon the ceramic vessel as a one-stop art medium that combines painting and sculpture while pushing her work in increasingly diverse directions…”
— New York Times art critic Roberta Smith
“It’s a pretty racy view of porcelain,” artist Arlene Shechet (RISD MFA, Ceramics) tells Artforum of Meissen Recast, the first U.S. exhibition of her one-of-a-kind Meissen sculptures. In this two-gallery show, works Shechet produced during her recent artist residency at the world-renowned Meissen Manufactory interact with the Museum’s entire collection of more than 200 historical Meissen figurines and tableware—connecting the past and present, fine arts and decorative arts.
During her residency, Shechet gained access to all areas of the German porcelain factory—working alongside Meissen artisans, learning their techniques, using their tools, and observing the company’s internal traditions. She made plaster reproductions of original factory molds, which she then assembled to produce a variety of cast, hand-painted porcelain forms; her resulting “molds of molds” merge what is precious and luxurious with the industrial and usually hidden. The work she produced during this time celebrates and subverts the language and craftsmanship of the world’s pre-eminent porcelain manufacturer.
Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast is supported by the Providence Pottery and Porcelain Club, Gretchen and William Viall, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.