Our exhibition for April and May is the work of ceramic artist Chuck Hindes. Hindes received his undergraduate degree in ceramics from the University of Illinois and his graduate ceramics degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is professor emeritus from The University of Iowa and his ceramic work is widely anthologized. Hindes' ceramics can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
Hindes specializes in the atmosphere firing processes in which wood or other combustionable materials are used to fire the pieces, providing a high degree of surface enrichment. " The volatile interaction of clay and fire composes an indelible record of the firing. A distinct facade riddled with textural imperfections, and passages of non-descript patterns of color are created. These patterns and textures paint a continuous dialogue encompassing the entire vessel."
His clay vessels embrace the Japanese aesthetic of "Wabi Sabi," in which the traits of imperfection and irregularity are forms of beauty. These are positive characteristics and should not be perceived as defects or flaws."Hindes' books and prints contain that same basic aesthetic: a casual, spontaneous, and vigorous quality that embrace gesture and asymmetry deriving from the plastic quality of the clay.
Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan has known Hindes for many years as one of his undergraduate professors and professional colleague. "It is an honor to exhibit Chuck's work. His books, tea bowls, and prints all share that same quality being highly composed and a pleasure to experience."
"Chuck Hindes: 10 Books •10 Tea Bowls • 10 Prints" opens at Plinth Gallery First Friday April 5, 2019 and a reception with the artist from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view until April 25. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12pm -5pm and also by appointment. There is no charge for admission. For further information contact the gallery at 303 295-0717
Plinth Gallery is located in The River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd, Denver Colorado 80216. For further information please contact the gallery at 303 909-5488.