THE ENDURANCE OF FORM, an exhibition of new sculpture by James Marshall,
will be on display February 22-March 22 at William Campbell Contemporary Art.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show
will feature new and recent ceramic pieces that embody the artist's long-held
interest in the relationship between art and space, and the manner in which
form, color, and light fuse to activate then permeate their environment.
My desire as an artist is to create beautiful objects that are a colorful presence.
The essence of this work, then, is really color and light and how the color and light
of a form radiate into the life.
Marshall's sculptures are ambiguous and abstract, austere in form but rife with sizzling energy.
Although influenced by the Minimalist aesthetic, the pieces are anything but
minimal, as the artist's explorations expand beyond formal considerations.
Elegant, organic lines flow into and out of soft angles and around negative
spaces, creating a natural flow and galvanizing a dialogue between internal
and external dimensions.The ceramic forms do not simply occupy, but punctuate
and energize their surroundings by way of rich, saturated colors. And these
vivid hues do not just rest on their surfaces, but radiate energy throughout
the area, thus inhabiting the liminal-or threshold-space that Marshall
frequently examines in his oeuvre.
Marshall's sculptures are largely informed by time spent in Guatemala while he
served in the Peace Corps. As he lived among the Mayan Quiche tribe, he
developed an interest in their employment of color not only for visual stimulus,
but also as spiritual conduit. Handmade processes, such as weaving fabrics,
proved to be as much about the activity as the outcome-experiential and
meditative. Not unlike Marshall's ceramics, the resulting pieces presented
eye-catching, beautiful lines and patterns full of energy and intention.
Marshall's non-referential forms reflect the ephemeral nature of the world,
offering a broad and
ever-changing perspective as each viewer brings his/her
unique history and experiences to each piece. Initially attracting viewers via
thoughtful design and brilliant color, the contemporary monoliths quickly
blossom throughout spatial dimensions to further engage on various levels,
whether physical, intellectual, or spiritual.
There is a deep beauty that resides inside of the indeterminate, the saturated
chroma, the light that radiates out into the life. A life where everything is
what it is, and nothing is what it seems. Where color, energy, light and form
merge into one. That is where I do my work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Renowned ceramicist James Marshall has exhibited artwork in dozens of regional
exhibitions in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, Santa Fe,
Boston, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Rochester, among others. His sculptures are
featured in more than two hundred public and private collections, including
those of Kansas City's Nerman Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary
Art. Various publications, such as Santa Fean magazine, THE magazine, Fluxus
magazine, and Journal North have printed articles about his work.
Born near Pittsburgh, James Marshall now lives and works in Santa Fe, where he
maintains two studios. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan
School of Art in Ann Arbor, and also studied ceramics at the University of
Fredonia in New York state, as well as in Totonicapán, Guatemala. From 1993 to
2000, Marshall owned and operated James Marshall Design Studios, where he
produced custom-made objets d'art and furniture in wood, steel, and brass.