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Hostler Burrows is pleased to present John Shea: New Work, an online viewing room of recent sculptures. Completed during the last months of 2019, this newest body of work represents Shea’s latest explorations in painted ceramic. Abstract forms, comprised of organic mounds merging with sharper geometric shapes, play host to Shea’s layered application of lushly toned color. The resulting works play with the viewer’s perception - appearing, at times, to reflect an imaginary light source, at others to actually luminate from within; all while striking a visually harmonious balance of form and surface.

John Shea is currently included in Color and Production: from the Atom to the Void - a collaborative exhibition between Collective Design Fair and Frieze NY curated by Libby Sellers. The exhibition opens to the public via the Frieze NY online viewing room Friday, May 8 (VIP access May 6-7). A solo-exhibition at Hostler Burrows is planned for 2021.

 

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Balter, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Balter, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
19" H x 22" W x 21" D
 

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Arestor, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Arestor, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
13.5" H x 13.75" W x 11" D

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Crumpler, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Crumpler, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
15" H x 14" W x 15" D
 

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Arbiter, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Arbiter, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
12" H x 13" W x 13" D
 

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Peeper, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Peeper, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
16" H x 14" W x 15" D
 

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Tempered, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Tempered, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
16" H x 14" W x 14" D
 

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Replicator, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Replicator, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
14" H x 15" W x 14" D
 

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Notcher, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Notcher, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
13.5" H x 13.75" W x 11" D
 

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Clutch, 2019 Ceramic and enamel

Clutch, 2019
Ceramic and enamel
14" H x 15" W x 14" D
 

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Installation View, Hostler Burrows New York, 2020

Arestor, 2019 (detail); Foreshadow, 2019 (detail)

 

 

 

I am very interested in our relationship to objects, our perceptions of them and interactions with them.

-John Shea, 2020

Balter, 2019 (detail) 

 

 

 

I want color to feel integrated within the form, almost as though the form is actually made out of the color itself, rather than ceramic.

-John Shea, 2020

John Shea in his studio, 2019

 

 

John Shea holds a BFA from the School for American Crafts at RIT, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He currently lives and maintains a studio in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

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