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Enhancements – Handcrafted Functional Objects

Bottle Cap Chair, as seen in the traveling exhibition, Enhancements: Handcrafted FunctionalObjects, 2001-2003.

 

What at first appears to be a steel version of a 19th-century parlor chair with a frilly ruffle is on closer inspection a chair of our time, with cushions made of low-carbon steel shaped like bottle caps. Ellison’s work uses an emphatically modern material to create a functional object, the oft-seen bottle cap, simultaneously creating a work that stands up to the most rigorous aesthetic scan.
by Deborah Borrow-Dale-Cox, director of education at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

 

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Traveling Exhibition


Art That Works, Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America

 

“ART THAT WORKS:
The Decorative Arts of the Eighties,
Crafted in America”

One hundred and seven of America’s foremost designer-craftsmen will be honored in “ART THAT WORKS: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America.” Lloyd E. Herman, founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on America’s contemporary craft movement, is Guest Curator for this exhibition. The tour will premier at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 19, 1990, and then travel to 14 other United States museums.

Mint Museum of Art                August 19 – October 7                1990
Charlotte, NC

Huntsville Museum of Art            November  17 – January 13            1991
Huntsville, AL

Albany Institute of History & Art        February 2 – March 31                1991
Albany, NY

Minnesota Museum of Art            April 20 – June 16                1991
Saint Paul, MN

Birmingham Museum of Art            September 21 – November 17            1991
Birmingham, AL

DeCordova and Dana Museum            December 7 – February 2            1992
Lincoln, MA

Dayton Art Institute                February 22 – April 19                1992
Dayton, OH

Arkansas Art Center                May 9 – July 5                    1992
Little Rock, AR

Hunter Museum of Art                July 25 – September 20                1992
Chatanooga, TN

Portland Art Museum                October 10 – December 6            1992
Portland, ME

Lowe Art Museum                January 2 – March 28                1993
Coral Gables, FL

Columbus Museum of Art            April 17 – June 13                1993
Columbus, GA

Ball State University                August 3 – September 29            1993
Muncie, IN

Color on Metal, 50 Artists Share Insights and Techniques

Christopher Ellison would have been at home with the early alchemists, when earth, water, air and fire were perceived as the four and only elements. He begins his process by experimenting with the basic elements and ends it with discovery.

Ellison views color as something latent, waiting to be discovered to make the object complete. Relying on metal for his palette, he uses oxidation – the effect of air – to reveal the inner beauty of each particular piece.

The artist approaches both the form and his studio process with rudimentary and primitive energy. He grinds cupric nitrate and other patina chemicals with mortar and pestle and mixes intuitively, bound by no recipe, comfortable with the Honesty of trial and error. His goal is to instill in the object qualities of utility, antiquity and spirituality.

Ellison turns to the natural world for the finishing touches that he feels are needed to complete his work, making allies of time and the elements. He leaves his work outdoors for at least a month to complete the finish. Outside his studio in upstate New York, iron-rich rainwater creates trails through the brilliant copper blues. Meanwhile, the oxides continue to consume the surface metal, creating a constantly evolving work. Though he will occasionally seal a patina, Ellison’s preference is to allow the natural process to continue. As he says, “Although we may feel we can alter time, it cannot be separated from the natural world, for nature works in concert with time.

 

from Color on Metal: 50 Artist Share Insights and Techniques
by Tim McCreight, Nicole Bsullak

Art & Antiques


Art & Antiques – the bottle cap chair

Metalsmith – American Holloware, Changing Criteria

“Other artists have taken vessel making out of the strict context of utility to make us more sensitive to the psychological and ceremonial implication of the object. Christopher Ellison(‘s) … vessels make use of “appropriate” technique to best exemplify their intent. (His) pieces are rich not because the surface is polished, chased or patinated, nor because the form is properly raised or the solder seams invisible. The work has strength because the surfaces are finished with sensitivity to the concept.”

by Jamie Bennett,“American Holloware, Changing Criteria,”

Metalsmith, Summer 1984, page 12 – 13.

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

10 Door Cabinet on the cover of “Atlanta Homes Magazine”

The Peter Joseph Gallery


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