Brian Rochefort in Santa Barbara, CA

I saw Brian Rochefort’s show Absorption by the Sun at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara in the Fall of 2019, right before I began this blog. I’ve been watching Rochefort’s career for years, and he just gets better and better. Today he was the featured guest artist at the 92nd Street Y’s Virtual Clay program, in which I’ve been a dedicated participant since long before virtual was a big thing. I enjoyed the talk and seeing how his work has developed, all while getting to understand Rochefort’s process a bit more. I only wish I had bought a piece years ago, when I first saw his work. Story of my art collecting life!

Enjoy the photos of that beautiful show below.

The main gallery at MCASB

“Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce the first solo institutional exhibition of Los Angeles, California-based artist Brian Rochefort. As part of MCASB’s Bloom Projects series Rochefort will exhibit new works as an extension of the ongoing body of work Craters. Building ceramic vessels reminiscent of geological formations in Belize, Tanzania, Nicaragua, and the Galapagos Islands, Rochefort has developed the Craters series over the last three years in response to his extensive travels to remote locations throughout South and Central America, and East Africa. What began as a fascination with volcanoes and craters, such as Sierra Negra Crater in Ecuador, live volcanoes in Nicaragua, and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, has shifted to interests in protected barrier reefs and tropical cloud forests, amongst other physical phenomena.” (MCASB)

The small gallery space off the main room
The stairs leading up to the museum

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