I enjoy going to new galleries. I rang the bell for the fourth floor gallery, took a small elevator, and walked down a narrow hall to the Anders Hamilton show. The gallery was bright white with no windows, and an absolutely lovely gallery attendant. I appreciate nice gallery attendants that say hello, offer information, and know about the art.
“In Brief but Tedious, Hamilton presents five ceramic obelisks which exist on an axis between the natural and the human-made. Balancing on the point of an egg, their posture is precarious, yet grounded.” (Mother)
I liked how the obelisks were balanced, and was particularly taken with the cases the pieces were displayed in. They were quietly simple, modern and interesting. All five cases were different, yet worked beautifully together. I was told that Hamilton’s father constructed the cases, which made me like the art all the more. To me the display was everything.
The case with Soul Emission has a gas tank in the pedestal below. On the last night of the exhibition the artist will light this piece which has small holes for flames to flow through. The obelisk had a definite Raku feel to me, so it was fun to learn of the gas tank below.
“Anders Hamilton (b. 1992, Everett, WA) was raised in Fargo, North Dakota and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Hamilton received his BFA from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) in 2015. He is a studio manager for BKLYN CLAY (Brooklyn, NY) and a designer for the BKLYN CLAY Made line. He has exhibited his work recently with Mother Gallery at NADA NY, at Fisher Parrish Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY).” (Mother)
The exhibition at Mother runs through December 17, 2022.