Chuck Joseph with his work Von Tempsky Life and Death at The Portage Ceramic Awards opening night. The Exhibition which which was judged by Bari Ziperstein from Los Angeles and showcases New Zealand Ceramic runs until 10 February 2019 at Te Uru Gallery, Titirangi.
Chuck Joseph's 2017 work DREAM MCMXLV is on display at Te Uru until February 11th 2018.
Presented in the form of a European table centrepiece, and to be viewed in the round, is the legend of “the Wild Hunt”, combined with the dream of a soldier at the end of WW2. The white stag and hare are chased by hounds, pursued and never caught.
Sculpted paper clay, glaze, stains and gold lustre. 430 x 430 x 200 mm.
A Postcard from the A.C.T. is a response to 2 months spent with Louise Rive as artists-in-residence the Australian National University, School of Ceramics, Canberra, February and March 2017.
A Postcard from the A.C.T. by Chuck Joseph
I didn’t know a that a river, a road, a nighttime parade of bats is silent!
I did a double take – birds? but no tails.
Yes, they are bats off to the plum trees.
There are Monsters in the basement,
the brutal concrete basement of the N.G.A.
The totems, the power juju fetishes of Ramesh,
hair and fur, teeth and claw.
Late at night we walked through the echoing decoing halls of the clay school
to put the bungs in the glowing kilns.
The headline coming in shouted “The Edge of Hell”.
We became Dante and Beatrice visiting the Edge of the Inferno.
It can’t be hell for makers of clay,
so many possibilities, fires to fire in, and eternity.
Canberra, you gave me Silver Elvis and Phar Lap’s heart,
death in the outback from Nolan about Ned,
painting of a cop with his head in a wombat hole,
bushrangers in dress and lace, burning pubs.
And the death of the Man in the iron Mask (the subject of the last conversation
I had with my father).
Murder Ballads by the Eighth Blackbird made movies in my head.
Women singing in the night, Kasey and Martha.
You gave me Abba with the Symphony and more swirling flying foxes,
the Hoodoo Gurus, the starting point for so many creations.
The lyric goes:
I’ve been wondering lately, am I crazy, to believe in ideals? NO
What’s my scene?
And of course it is bittersweet, it’s always Bittersweet.
You gave me coffee, cannoli, comic shops and carousels, banh mi and Brodburgers.
We’ve seen Power Works of Indigenous bark and landscape painting,
and more Nolan panels painted from his Australian memory,
now with a seat to view by Richard from North Carolina.
You gave me parrots and parrots and parrots, red and purple, sulphur crested and black,
pet possums and 100 kangaroos on the nighttime oval.
You gave me Griffin lake with a magnificent thunderstorm,
we sheltered under a bridge surrounded by flagpoles galore,
including a single massive pine pole from Canada.
A Parliament with paintings of Prime Ministers.
I remember Keating, even Menzies,
a Whitlam portrait, almost cartoon like,
and Holt who disappeared into the sea
like my Grandfather - Russian submarine or Great White???
And you gave me The People
A Maori proverb asks
what is the most important thing in life!
He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata,
It is The People, It is The People, It is The People.
Chuck and Lucy also made ceramic postcards from the Edge to send out into the world…
souvenirs of Dante and Beatrice, Spring Gardens, Witness jugs, and experimental maquettes.
Love to Canberra,
4 arms to hold you.
Lyrics credit: What’s My Scene courtesy of Dave Faulkner/Sony ATV Music.
The Quarry Arts Great Plate Fundraiser Auction closes Thursday evening 20th July 2017. Bidding is on trade me now for these two plates and plates from many others who support the Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei, New Zealand. All funds go to the Quarry.
Chuck Joseph, Von Tempsky Life and Death (2016), ceramic centerpiece.
Photograph: Sam Hartnett
Please join artists Mark Goody and Chuck Joseph in conversation with curator Anna Miles, to discuss their ornamental ceramic works in Vanished Delft: Handmade Material Culture at The Pah Homestead.
Chuck Joseph is enamoured of the elaborate ceramic centrepiece that was a familiar feature on an 18th-century fine dining table, writes Anna Miles. His ceramics are imaginative concoctions that offer wry mediations on the underlying dangers of life. Von Tempsky Life and Death is a menacing and extravagant lime green trophy overloaded with folklore, depicting the legend of Gustavus von Tempsky.
Mark Goody‘s Clark the Crum Dog revisits the salt-glazed mantel dog, an industrially produced pet descended from the Chinese Foo dog via some “overly refined Staffordshire forebears”. Goody is also commemorating the Chum Brick and Tile Company, established in New Lynn in 1905. His interest in the pottery was stirred after discovering his West Auckland neighbour had worked there for 50 years – that pioneer studio potters Len Castle and Peter Stitchbury used to slip pieces into the pipe kilns at Crum added to the pottery’s lustre.
Dante and Beatrice's story is used by Chuck Joseph in response to journeying to Australia and arriving to a heatwave and a newspaper headline "EDGE OF HELL". This is an autobiographical piece about exploring the unknown.
Chuck Joseph and Louise Rive have been Artists in Residence at the Australian National University School of Art and Design, ANU School of Ceramics, February and March 2017.
Chuck Joseph's "Von Tempsky, Life and Death" ceramic centrepiece will be exhibited in Vanished Delft, at The Wallace Arts Trust Gallery at the Pah Homestead, Hillsborough, Auckland. Curated by ANNA MILES and part of the AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, Vanished Delft "is an exhibition of contemporary objectmaking in rooms once home to one of New Zealand’s most extravagant collections of furniture and fittings...The Wallace Trust’s collection of Arts and Crafts furniture will be pressed into service to act as plinths to an extensive display of handmade material culture of a contemporary kind." Vanished Delft 14 March to 14 May 2017
Open 20th Tuesday, 21st Wednesday, 22nd Thursday, 23rd Friday 10am to 6pm.
24th Saturday, Christmas Eve, 10am to 3pm.
EDGE CITY is open daily 10 to 4 until November 19th then Friday/Saturday to December 3rd. Auckland. Works in clay by Louise Rive, cold painted and glazed.
Congratulations to Caroline Earley winner of the Premier Award 2016 judged by esteemed ceramicist Janet DeBoos. Chuck and Louise are delighted to be exhibiting in the show with Chuck being awarded an honourable mention for his centrepiece "Paradise Lost. John Milton redux". Portage Ceramic Awards 2016 at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi until February 5 2017.
"Fire & Clay 2016" Auckland Studio Potters annual exhibition which celebrates excellence in ceramics, selected and judged by Anna Miles, is on now and until December 11th at the Pah Homestead, Hillsborough, Auckland.
"Figures alone and figures in conversation, together and disconnected, made in clay, fired and with a painterly finish, three dimensional portraits. In presenting in object form an internal dialogue, examining self perception, I continue to consider the notion of “The Space Between - conversations with self”, the space between as photographer Diane Arbus described "who someone is and who they think they are". In maquettes and a larger work titled “Pretty Alien; Blood and Memory” is a response to and an examination of my relationship with the past and was triggered by attending an art school reunion in 2015. What began as “Ghosts of Mycenae” looking at clay history, considering what connects us clay makers to those who have lived thousands of years before us, has become a more personal story and I am working with the words of writer L P Hartley in mind "the past is a foreign country"." Louise Rive 2016
This body of work has been produced with the support Creative New Zealand.
In 1959, artist June Black held an exhibition titled the Intellectual Fashion Show. It included paintings, ceramic wall sculptures and a provocative commentary, presenting the concept of an ‘intellectual fashion house’ framing fashion as a powerful tool for self expression and as armour to protect the self from the rigours of daily life, social hypocrisy and cultural expectations. Louise Rive and Chuck Joseph have each responded in this 2016 exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery to June Black's 1959 metaphorical costumes.
Louise Rive. Costume #47: Costume for wallowing in solitude. The wardrobe of a clay effigy contains a kit: empty coathangers, cotton wool and a roll of barbed wire. It is an expression of my ambivalence towards the state of solitude.
Chuck Joseph. Costume #19: Costume to be worn over a heavy heart. From a photograph of a refugee child on a windblown Mediterranean shore, a gold survival blanket over the child's shoulders like cloak and playing with a stick sword. The costume gave the scene an innocent beauty but masks a Heavy Heart.
The Space between #6. Not looking, not listening. A photo essay of a work not yet finished.
Chuck Joseph has just returned to Auckland from Clay Gulgong 2016 in NSW Australia where he was a member of a team of ceramicists and potters from New Zealand. Selected by curator and writer Moyra Elliott, the NZ 6 worked together on a concept and produced a major work which is to be fired and installed at the Mansfield farm, Morning View.Read More
Painted c.2000 by Chuck Joseph.
The Kiwis are coming
We are delighted to welcome six of the best contemporary ceramic artists from New Zealand to Australia’s great international ceramics festival, Clay Gulgong 2016. They are sure to stun and overwhelm as they work individually and collaboratively on a large figurative and sculptural landscape.
LILBURN / VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS / COPLAND
Willow Song: 20th Century Romantics Celebrating 100 years of Douglas Lilburn 1915-2015
Elizabeth Holowell (violin) Dean Sky-Lucas (piano)