Nature Morte is pleased to present its fourth solo exhibition with Ray Meeker. As with the artist’s previous exhibitions, the theme is related to environmental and ecological concerns, humankind’s fragile relationship with nature and the perils of over-development. The title refers to the artist’s age and his continuing productivity.
The works on display come from three disparate series:
The Eye of the Needle. These are large-scale ceramic sculptures which flirt with architectonic references, similar to monumental works which are permanently installed at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhiand the Hyatt Hotel in Chennai. Resembling monolithic stele, the works are both archaic and futuristic, harbouring in their surfaces the remains of technological detritus, the scars of modernity, and the residue of language.
Tea Bowls. Meeker explores the most basic form of ceramic sculpture, seeing it as a metaphor for pan-Asian aesthetics and the journey of Buddhist thought from Indiato the Far Eastand circling back home.
The Chinnagama. Taking the name from anagama, the Japanese kiln used to fire these works, Meeker collaborates with traditional potter T. Palanisamy to explore the painterly potential of wood ash crust, melt and run on the surface of large water pots.
Originally from California, Ray Meeker has lived in Pondicherrysince 1971, where he and his wife Deborah Smith established Golden Bridge Pottery, which continues producing utilitarian ceramics today. In addition to his artistic practice, Meeker has been teaching aspiring studio potters for more than three decades, developing a coterie of like-minded sculptors working in ceramics. “Bridges,” an exhibition of works by over 50 of Meeker’s former students, will be at the Stainless Gallery in New Delhifrom September 20th to 27th. The artist’s previous exhibitions with Nature Morte have been in 2008, 2004 and 2001.