Peters Projects of Santa Fe, New Mexico, will present the second exhibition of works by Doug Herren titled Tables and Sculptures. The opening reception is December 14, 5 to 7 p.m. The show will remain on view through March 15, 2019.
Unique Ceramic-Based Sculpture Works
Two years ago, Santa Fe New Mexico, embraced the unique ceramic-based sculpture works by Philadelphia artist Doug Herren. He has continued to make his combinations of ceramics, found materials and, at times, real nuts and bolts to create his works.
Herren works in two series, with the first featuring his “industrial” works, which visually appear to be steel beams that came off the Brooklyn Bridge but are, in reality, sculpted clay, fired and glazed. These forms offer a sensation of actual steel welding with visible seams that are overtly mechanical. The front desk at Peters Projects is a prominent piece from this series, attracting attention since it was placed in the foyer in 2016.
Doug Herren’s pieces in an alternate series are “reductive,” as the artist creates abstracted forms such as ewers, teapots and other vaguely recognizable vessel shapes, which stand on ceramic tables that the artist also made. Herren’s sense of color is always at play with these works, which seem to have been born in a land of grapheme-color synesthesia. With these two bodies of works, Herren takes you backward in time and forward into the future with thrilling sculptural physicality.
About the Artist
Doug Herren was born in 1962 in Pratt, Kansas. He has a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Wichita State University and a master’s of fine art from Louisiana State University. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia. Herren’s work is included in the collections of the International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; the Yenggi Museum of Taipei; the Museum of Ceramics Quran, Alcora, Spain; Kamm Teapot Collection, Sparta, NC; Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, Mass. Most recently, an installation of Herren’s work was on display at the Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A-West titled Industria/Ware.