Ursula Morley Price
For her current exhibition, Ursula Morley Price has revisited sculptural elements from previous work, some recent, some decades-old, leading to dynamic developments and new combinations. Price exhibited fountain forms two years ago, which employed elegantly flared flanges and smooth edges to mimic the graceful fluidity of water slipping over the edges of a container. Her current fountain forms are equally balanced, but much more energetic. With dramatically arched flanges and spiked edges, they suggest forceful spray frozen in time or the wet plumage of a bird shaking its wings while bathing. A spherical pom-pom shape used by Price in the 1980s has been similarly reinterpreted and visually energized. The original longitudinal flanges now have pronounced waves, especially near the equator of each piece. The strong undulations create directional patterns of shadow and light that repeatedly draw the eye back and forth. Price incorporates similar wave patterns into taller sculptures, some of which are capped with mouth-like openings. In many of the current sculptures, the openings swell to resemble an egg or elongated dome. These developments have led Price to her newest tall form, which she calls Grace Bulbous Form, characterized by the complex rippling and undulation of the flanges and its assertive scale. She continues to work with monochromatic glazes--here, creamy yellows and pale whites, rich dark browns, and a silvery green "bronze" color--all possessing a distinctive matte surface texture. As in the past, her forms are created with the traditional pinch-and-coil method, beginning with a vessel armature which is spatially articulated using her signature, paper-thin flange elements.