Sonoma, CA—December 14, 2010—a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite is pleased to announce the exhibition MARK CHATTERLEY: New Works, featuring 12 recent sculptures, on display until February 20, 2011.
The large-scale ceramic sculptures, placed throughout the garden terraces surrounding the gallery at Cornerstone Sonoma, are the result of internationally known sculptor Mark Chatterley’s continued exploration of the human condition.
The two largest works in the exhibition, Line Meditation and Building Block, consist of stacked human figures in large-scale groupings and stem from Chatterley’s study of quantum physics and its themes of relationships, wave patterns, and repetition.
“Life events happen, people come and go in our lives, and we affect others in turn. This ebb and flow changes us, changes our ‘pattern’. We are constantly evolving in response to others,” says Chatterley.
Interrupted Meditation, a compelling piece consisting of six figures in a circular grouping, addresses the theme of human inter-connectivity.
“While I created this piece, I was thinking that no human is an island,” states Chatterley. “We all rely on each other to survive: we are all connected.”
In his amusing and complex piece, Walking the Bunnies, Chatterley explores archetypal concepts of shamanic traditions that go beyond culture and time.
“I was thinking about birth and the cycle of life. I tried to present the characteristics of rabbits as fertile, but shy creatures using a lighthearted approach.”
Chatterley, who uses 18,000 pounds of clay per year, is one of the few ceramic artists who create life-size figures constructed entirely in one piece. He fires up to 20 figures at a time in his huge, walk-in kiln.
Hand-built from the ground up a few inches at a time, his sculptures are remarkably strong and lightweight, yet require no inner armature for support. The pieces are high-fired ceramic and withstand outdoor placement in most climates.
The Michigan native has received over twenty awards from both national and international exhibitions, including the Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award in Auckland, New Zealand and the Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards in Taipei. He was also a participant in the JINRO International Ceramic Art (JICA) Workshop Invitational at the Hong-ik Ceramic Research Institute in Seoul, Korea.