"And the ceramic clichés that we all know and hate were in abundance. The glossy red shoes, shown above, by Glaswegian David Shrigley on Berlin gallery DQ’s booth, is a case in point. In every ceramic class someone makes a glazed red shoe. It’s the Dorothy syndrome and it’s everywhere. And the price? $30,000 of course. Mostly these clichés came from non-ceramists and several of them are talented artists in their primary medium, be it painting or photography. Shrigley is actually an excellent sculptor…in other media. But first time clay is still first time clay. And tired ideas are still tired ideas.
This raises questions. If an object appears at Art Basel with the signature of a well-regarded artist that is nearly identical to what beginning students and lesser talents in ceramics have been making for decades, does that maker’s reputation magically transform a cliché into an important artwork? Does the science of alchemy apply, dross into gold? Or, does such a work only pass muster because that artist’s market is too poorly schooled in ceramics to know the difference? Is ignorance bliss? And does it matter? You can catch up with some more exemplars of trite elsewhere in CFile’s pages.
garth clark talking about david shrigley at art basel miami and how ceramics is the new “trend”