Michael Geertsen: Still Life, Still Lives

Michael Geertsen: Still Life, Still Lives

lime green standing object with platin by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Lime Green Standing Object with Platin, 2013

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monumental white standing object with gold by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Monumental White Standing Object with Gold, 2013

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red standing object with gold by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Red Standing Object with Gold, 2012

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sculptural vase with gold and platin #5 by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Sculptural Vase with Gold and Platin #5

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brownish yellow standing object with gold by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Brownish Yellow Standing Object with Gold, 2013

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yellow standing object with platin by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Yellow Standing Object with Platin, 2013

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turquoise pot with smoke by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Turquoise Pot with Smoke, 2013

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monumental black standing object by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Monumental Black Standing Object, 2013

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monumental white standing object with platin and gold by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Monumental White Standing Object with Platin and Gold, 2012

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red standing object by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Red Standing Object, 2013

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red standing object by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Red Standing Object, 2013

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green standing object #2 by michael geertsen

Michael Geertsen

Green Standing Object #2, 2011

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014Saturday, June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5 p.m. (EST)

29 E. 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021 USA

We are pleased to announce our second contemporary exhibition with contemporary ceramic master Michael Geertsen: Still life, Still Lives. Following a ceramic installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and a show at Puls Ceramics in Brussels, Michael Geertsen has come back to show in New York. Geertsen is known for sleek ceramic works with alien-like sculptural bodies, and stacked sculptures of utilitarian objects like plates and cups. His whimsical and animated forms are executed with machine-like precision, thanks to his background in industrial ceramics. Geertsen claims American streamline design and Italian Futurism as his primary influences.

His new works have reinterpreted ancient Greek pottery, taking the classical forms and integrating them with modernist elements. He adds antlers, knobs and nipples in metallic gold and platinum. The gold and platinum protrusions create mirror like reflections which, when placed next to other works, distort the forms further, shifting perceptions of their form or shape.

Geertsen says his use of gold and silver is a nod to Western decadence. He started using these elements in his work while exploring Soviet constructivism where gold and silver screamed hedonism, abundance and American kitsch. The use of gold and silver is also a reaction against 1960’s naturalistic pottery, making the works cheeky and stylized. The artist and scholar Edmond de Waals described his work as always “questioning the place that ceramics has inhabited, as well as the place that ceramics will inhabit in the future.” Michael’s most recent innovations have made that statement even more fitting.

Geerstsen’s work can be found in the preeminent collections of museums worldwide, from as close as the Metropolitan Museum in New York City to as far as the Incheon Museum in South Korea. His incredible installations can be seen all over the world, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to a three-dimensional mural in downtown Hanoi Vietnam.

This exhibition will explore the full spectrum of Geertsen’s work from his use of utilitarian objects in stacked futurist sculptures, to free standing sculptural life forms that seem to come from another planet, to his new classical inspired vessels with gilded protrusions. The show is sure to be spectacular, cementing his place among the contemporary greats.

We will be publishing a catalog in conjunction with the exhibition that will also be questioning the place that ceramics have inhabited in the past placing Geertsen's sculptures in the framework of a high fashion magazine.