by N.F. Karlins
The Oriental sensibility offers a fascinating take on the sensual control of space in objects. It considers the interplay between the void (Yin / female / lunar) and the form (Yang / male / solar) as a charged arena -- mystical, sexual, sometimes both, but always magical. This expanded notion of the vessel is explored in "Contained Excitement: Pleasures of the Void," a broad-ranging survey of ceramics, baskets and more currently on view at Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea, Dec. 11, 2010-Jan. 22, 2011.