Installations of iridescent sculptures, ambiguous ceramic forms presented in new exhibitions at…


Rina Banerjee, “During the first myth and empirical observation, the hero, his angel jumps crying, opens the moon to induce the rain to clean all the sweat of his jealous man”, 2013, Acrylic, gold leaf , ink on wood panel Collection of the artist, Courtesy of AICON Gallery

Hunterdon Art Museum presents two new exhibitions which will open on Sunday, May 15, 2022.”Rina Banerjee: Blemish, In Deep Pink Everyplace Begins” and “Maxwell Mustardo: flat orientedwill be visible until September 4, 2022.

Drawing on her multinational experience and her personal story as an immigrant, Rina BanerjeeThe work of focuses on ethnicity, race, migration, and the stories of the American Diaspora. The artist’s sculptures feature a wide range of materials, textiles, colonial/historical and domestic objects of worldwide origin, while his designs are inspired by Indian miniatures and Chinese silk paintings and Aztec designs.

Rina Banerjee is an Indian-American artist and sculptor. She was born in Kolkata, India, and lived briefly in Manchester and London before arriving in Queens, NY. Although Banerjee has lived in the United States for over 50 years, she still feels alien and other. Countless audiences have been introduced to his vibrant and cacophonous paintings, drawings and installations with exhibitions in France, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Italy, India and New Zealand, to name but a few. -ones.

Maxwell MustardThe unconventional approach to ceramics can be found in the title of his show, “Dish oriented”, as well as in the work itself. Leaving traditional glazes and shapes to others, Mustardo’s work is truly his own. Glorious colors, bubbling glazes and anthropomorphic forms create a dazzling array of pieces that exploit unctuous ambiguities to generate an empathetic and autotelic encounter of the work.

According to Mustardo, he approaches fabrication as a vital opportunity to examine perception and meaning, and his work approaches ceramics as a polyphonic medium: one that speaks to multiple voices simultaneously.

“By working with simple constraints, such as the format of the cup, vase or torus, I explore elements of surface orchestration, form, materiality and function,” Mustardo explains. “Many projects revolve around broad and reverential notions of container, body and language. Attempts are made to continually dissect processes, revisit forms, and reframe themes to agitate evolution and counter static thinking.

Maxwell Mustardo, Anthropophore

Mustardo was born in 1993 in rural New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Art History and Theory from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2017. While at Alfred, Max won several awards, including an ARGUS Grant for Materials Research, a Levine Endowment Fellowship to study in Japan, and a nomination for the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award as a SUNY finalist in the visual arts category. He currently works as resident artist at Toshiko Takaezu’s studio in Quakertown, New Jersey. He was recently named Emerging Artist 2022 by Ceramics Monthly.

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