July 26 - August 20, 2005
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Ron Nagle is presenting a group of small ceramic sculptures from his Smallfry and Wedgeware series. As in previous works, his multi-fired polychrome glazes create a range of surfaces from slick glossy to textured matte finishes.
The Smallfry series consists of cup forms with stacked tiers and a wedge-like handle taken from handmade molds. The surfaces are glazed in seductive colors that have a geometric block of contrasting color with a third accenting color around the edges. Most surfaces are glossy with the exception of one sculpture that has a rich airbrushed matte finish. The Wedgeware series includes vertical sculptures resembling hourglass shapes with handle-like appendages. While some are hand built, they mimic the molded pieces and come with Nagle's clever personalized titles, ranging from "Les is Mo" to "Don's Johnson". As Jesse Hamlin wrote in his 2004 feature in the San Francisco Chronicle, "He aims for an object that combines elegance and awkwardness that has a certain intangible presence or beauty..."
Nagle will have a survey show at the San Jose State University Museum of Art And Design running from August 30 through September 23, 2005. He has been exhibiting his small ceramic sculptures for more than forty years and is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among others.