KIRK MANGUS

 

Ceramic Sculpture and Drawing
February 26-July 9, 2016 

Carl Solway presents a major exhibition of ceramic sculpture and drawings by internationally recognized artist, Kirk Mangus (1952-2013).  The show includes more than 40 pieces created over a period of approximately 35 years, from the mid 1970s through 2013.  The works range from small ceramic cups, to medium-sized vases, to large pots and life-size sculptures to wildly imaginative drawings and watercolors. His prolific output draws from a staggering variety of influences, from comics to prehistoric representations of animals, modernist abstraction to West Coast 1970s Funk, African sculpture to Japanese woodblock prints.  His ceramics exhibit respect and affection for traditions as varied as North American folk pottery, Meso-American reliefs, and Asian vessels.  In addressing the question posed to ceramic artists regarding the distinction between functional objects and fine art, Mangus wryly stated,  “My work is useful to look at”.

Mangus became interested in ceramics as a teenager and he developed a life long passion for every aspect of the process, from digging his own clay to building his own kilns to producing an astonishing array of exuberant sculptures.  His work is known for its playful, gestural style, roughhewn forms and experimental glazing.  His highly animated surfaces are deeply incised, stamped or glazed with teeming figurative references – human body forms, animals, plants, etc.  His images are informed by his observations of friends, family and people on his travels near and far.  He invented his own definition of beauty.

Kirk Mangus (1952, Sharon, PA-2013, Kent, OH) was the Head of Ceramics at
Kent State University from 1985-2013, where he was regarded as a beloved mentor to generations of students.  He received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Washington State University, Pullman.  He lectured widely in China, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Canada and throughout the United States.  His pottery wheel demonstrations were viewed as extraordinary performances.  He was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a McKnight Fellowship Residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.

Mangus’s work is held in numerous collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia; DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; Finnish Craft Museum, Helsinki; Inchon World Ceramics Center, Suwon, Korea; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea.  In 2014-2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland organized the major retrospective exhibition, Kirk Mangus: Things Love.

 

Carl Solway Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of the Estate of Kirk Mangus.

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    Snake Amphora, late 1990s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, sgraffito drawing and applied snakes, 25 x 12 x 9 inches
    Man In the Universe Bombola, early 1990s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, carved, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 29 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
    Young Couple Bombola, early 1990s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown and stacked, carved, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 33.5 x 10 x 9 inches
    Girl with Ponytail and Bird, 1980, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, sgraffito drawing, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 17 x 7 x 5 inches
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    Home-grown Girl with Cones, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown and stacked, carved, 26 x 7.75 x 7.5 inches
    Double Bubble, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 33 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    Illuminated Skyscraper Ziggurat, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 22.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 inches
    Mystery Shadow Ziggurat, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 19 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
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    Girl Totem, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 19 x 8.5 x 6.5 inches
    Fish Will Always Swim Ziggurat, 1980, Porcelain, wheel thrown, carved, blue barium glaze, wood and oil fired at the Archie Bray Foundation, 17.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
    Man In the Universe Ziggurat, 1980, Porcelain, wheel thrown, carved, blue barium glaze, wood and oil fired at the Archie Bray Foundation, 16.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
Illuminated Landscape Jar, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown carved,, 12.75 x 12 x 7 inches
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    Cat in the Jungle Jar, late 1980s, Local stoneware, wheel thrown, carved, wood fired in Anagama kiln, 31 x 23 x 23 inches
    Amphora, 2007, Earthenware with peacock glaze, 9.25 x 5.25 x 4 inches
    Insect Carved Bottle, mid 1980s, Orange stoneware clay, wheel thrown, carved, clear glaze, 13 x 9 x 4 inches
    Untitled (Bottle), c. mid 1970s, Stoneware with salt glaze, 10.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches
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    Basket Full of Life, 2010, Wood-fired stoneware, 17.5 x 6 x 6 inches
    House on a Hill Vase, c. early 1980s, Porcelain with blue and white painting and clear glaze, 6 x 3. 5 x 3. 5 inches
    Young Couple in Palouse, 1978, Stoneware bottle with young couple painted in black slip with clear glaze, Raku fired with slight smoking on clay bottom, 13 x 7.5 x 5.75 inches
    Double Cup, c. early 1980s, Earthenware with colored slips and overglazes, 3 x 6.75 x 4 inches
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    Two Snakes & Asparagus Vessel, c. late 1980s, Stoneware with luster glaze, 5.5 x 8 x 4 inches
    Face Vase, 2011, Wood-fried local stoneware, 6 x 4 x 4 inches
    Nephthys, 2008, Stoneware with underglazes, 17.5 x 13.5 x 13.25 inches
    Tiger, 2008, Stoneware with underglazes, 16.5 x 13.75 x 14.5 inches
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    Girl with Dog Mask I, 2008, Stoneware with underglazes, 18 x 14 x 14 inches
    Two Snakes & Asparagus Vessel, c. late 1980s, Stoneware with luster glaze, 5.5 x 8 x 4 inches
Bronze Femme I, 1986, Stoneware with bronze glaze, 38.5 x 14 x 11 inches
    Bronze Femme II, 1986, Stoneware with bronze glaze, 39.5 x 14.5 x 11 inches
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    Lakeside Femme, 1987, Stoneware with colored slips, 40.5 x 15 x 14.5 inches
    Yellow Femme, 1987, Stoneware with colored slips and salt- glaze, 50.5 x 22 x 22 inches
    Ginger Cup, early 1990s, Stoneware, hand pinched, white glaze, over glaze painting, 2 x 4 x 3 inches
    Butch the Cat Cup, late 1980s, Stoneware, hand formed, white glaze, over glaze painting, 3.75 x 4 x 2.75 inches
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    Colored Cat I, 1982-83, Earthenware with glaze, 9.25 x 5 x 6.5 inches
    Green Apple Ash Paddled Bowl, circa 1973-76, Stoneware, wheel thrown and paddled, apple ash glaze from the farm, 3 x 6 x 5 inches
    Bronze Pastoral, early 1990s, Porcelain, bronze glaze, fired circa 1990’s, glazed in 2006, 5 x 13 inches
    Floating Greenleaf, circa 1990s, Porcelain, green glaze, fired circa 1990’s, glazed in 2006, 11 x 8 inches
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    Multi-Eyed Guardian Jar, Stoneware, colored slips, sgraffito drawing, salt-glazed, 29.5 x 13 x 13 inches
    Multi-Eyed Guardian, 1989, Watercolors on handmade paper, 64.25 x 52.5 inches
    Surrounded (From the Lost At Sea Series), 1990, Watercolor and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches
    Downtown with the Family, 1988, Sumi ink drawing on handmade Korean mulberry paper, 37.5 x 74 inches
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    Seeing Eyes (From the Lost At Sea Series), 1990, Watercolor and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches
    Carrying Everybody With Us, 2008, Sumi ink drawing on handmade Korean mulberry paper, 27.5 x 53.5 inches
    D’Artagnan, My Black Poodle, 2010, Ink on Korean handmade mulberry paper, 56.25 x 29.25 inches
    Smoking Chaac and Girl Wearing Dog Mask, 2007, Ink on Korean handmade mulberry paper, 56.5 x 28.375 inches

All artworks © The Estate of Kirk Mangus