Vessels at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami

By February 20, 2021
Installation view of Vessels at Nina Johnson. All images courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.
ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Betty Woodman, Loving, 1986; glazed earthenware, 20 x 28.5 × 11.5 inches.
ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Misha Kahn, Supreme Bitch of the Taco Bell (Hot Sauce), 2021; ceramic and steel, 32.5 x 17 x 17 inches.

When I visited Betty and George in Italy, the first thing I noticed were all the Betty Woodman’s littered around the garden,
kitchen and studio. We ate off them, she planted in them, and yet, they were inextricably linked to the precious sculptures
I had exhibited in the gallery months prior. For her nearly seventy-year career, Betty battled with functionality, finding joy,
release and infinite inspiration in using the idea of function as source material. In the years since my visit to her home just
outside Florence, I often think of Betty and her fascination with the vessel as subject matter.

woven vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Aranda\Lasch and Terrol Dew Johnson, Wood Basket 02, 2016; wood, Yucca, Sinew, 18.5 x 16 x 16.5 inches.
install shot of ceramic vessels on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Installation view of Vessels at Nina Johnson, Miami.
ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Ruby Neri, 4 Women, 2020; ceramic with glaze, 17.5 x 21 x 21 inches.
ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Chris Wolston, Brote, 2021; sand cast aluminum and wicker, 29 x 18.5 x 15.5 inches.

Over 13 years of gallery exhibitions and one persistent form has continually appeared as an object of desire; the vessel. In all
its many forms, this subject never tires. This much regarded, revered and studied form is the genesis of many discussions,
exhibitions, publications, and texts, many of which are more scholarly, well researched and surely more responsible than the
one I am presenting here.
This exhibition aims to be of the more varietal sort, a vast and random, densely populated network of artists. A group that
transcends age, race, and in some instances, even life, yet, somehow the artists within it manage to remain in vividly active
conversation with each other. Many consider themselves designers, some architects, some sculptors. Many are dedicated to
one media, one persistent conceptual thread, many are not. All are seekers, connecting via tactility.

adapted from the accompanying exhibition text

ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Francesca DiMattio, Pump II, 2021; glaze on porcelain, 21 x 15.5 x 8.5 inches.
install shot of ceramic vessels on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Installation view of Vessels at Nina Johnson, Miami.
detail of ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Detail image of Katie Stout, For Beatrice, 2021; ceramic, glaze and gold luster, 24 x 22 x 15 inches.
ceramic vessel on display at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami
Anders Ruhwald, Object for a plant (Petitots Dream #3), 202; glazed ceramic, 71 x 19 x 26 inches.

Vessels is on display at Nina Johnson in Miami through May 1, 2021.

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