Marc Leuthold at Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai

ART LABOR Gallery is pleased to present the dual solo exhibition by American artist Marc Leuthold and Chinese artist Li Lihong. The exhibition is from September 21st to October 27th, 2019. The opening reception is from 6 – 9 pm, Saturday, September 21st.

Both artists are renowned in the field of ceramic art, yet distinct with their own unique atheistic. Entitled “Hand and Machine”, the exhibition is a conversation between the handmade and machine creation, as well as a conversation between the two artists exploring Eastern and Western cultural influences.

Marc Leuthold has a long interest in Eastern philosophy, and this eastern aesthetic is embodied throughout his creations. On the contrary, Li Lihong, born into a long family line of porcelain artisans tracing back to the emperor Tong Zhi in the early Qing Dynasty, has been focusing on exploring temporary porcelain under the influence of western pop art and consumer culture. Both artists are grounded within the cultural contexts of their upbringings, while searching for expressions through the other.

Through this medium of clay, Leuthold’s works are a play between the soft and hard, and the fluid and crystalline. An element of surprise occurs in his studio, sometimes yielding unexpected forms, surfaces and colors. This leads to re-invention and experimentation. Even when repeated, forms are inherently unique. His ceramic sculptures, most often, are discrete objects that are exhibited sometimes singularly and sometimes in dialogue with one another in installation environments. In these environments, the artist often incorporates other media such as wood, glass, paper, ink paintings, bronze and literary texts.

After years of hand making all his sculptural works, Li Lihong started experimenting with ceramic 3-D printing last year. Blending the cutting edge technology into his practice, creating artwork that plays with the new possibilities while testing its limitations is what intrigues him the most. Even with the machine, the seemingly unified sculptural form is still hard to find. With 3-D printing, each piece expresses its own uniqueness through inimitable “line prints”, upon close observation, the stereotypical notion of repetitiveness and uniformity dissipates, making us dive deep into and question the concepts of hand verses machine, monotony verses diversity, command verses free will.

Marc Leuthold’s Spirit at China Art Museum

The 18-meter-wide sculptural installation, Spirit, is a combination of ink paintings and objects. Many of the porcelains depict silhouettes of women. A few of the discs depict the silhouette of Master Su, a leading ceramic 4th generation artist in Dehua, China.

Spirit is on display as part of the “Beyond Ink” exhibition at the prestigious China Art Museum in Shanghai until December 5.

Marc Leuthold Included in Chinese Survey of Contemporary Ceramics

Tsinghua University Art Museum (sometimes referred to as China’s Harvard) has organized a large survey exhibit of worldwide contemporary ceramics. The exhibit is titled “To Ideal Land of Ceramics” and includes about 70 artists with some foreign artists. Only three Americans are included. Accompanying the exhibition is a hard-cover catalog with many essays—the most important one, written by artist and Tsinghua Professor, Bai Ming. In his essay, Professor Bai divides the art into several categories. Leuthold’s work is included in the section “Appeals Beyond Form.”  There are perhaps 15 artists in all included in this section and Professor Bai mentions four of them by name in the essay—including Japanese master artist Fukami and French master, Jean Francois Fouilhoux and American artist, Marc Leuthold. Mr. Bai characterizes the type of abstraction with which he associates Leuthold’s work as “a visual and psychological reconfiguration that embodies the fundamental essence of of the object in a lyrical fashion—while not necessarily related to the natural configuration of the object.” Professor Bai has written over 25 books and has exhibited in museums all over the world. His knowledge of contemporary ceramics is profound.

The exhibit opened on April 22, 2018, and so far more than 200,000 people have visited it. The opening ceremonies included speeches by 20 Chinese scholars and leaders and foreign experts. The ceremonies were reported by over 50 news outlets in China.

Throckmorton Fine Arts in New York City represents Leuthold’s work in the USA. They currently have a group of Leuthold sculptures on view in the gallery. They are located at 145 East 57th Street, 3rd floor. Phone number: (212) 223-1059.

Spirit 2 Wins 2nd Prize at Blanc de Chine International Biennial Competition

In 2017, Leuthold was awarded a three month Blanc de Chine Fellowship by Yishu-8 Foundation, the Franco-Sino organization recently honored by French President Emmanuel Macron.  With support from Yishu-8, Leuthold worked at the Wanqi Art Center and the factory of Master Yen Songliu in Dehua, China.  Leuthold created Spirit 1 and 2 and related pieces during his stay.  Subsequently, Yishu-8 judges included Spirit 2 in an exhibition at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France.  The jury of the Blanc de Chine International Biennial Competition awarded Spirit 2 with second prize, 30,000 euros.  Spirit 2 is now in Beijing at Foundation headquarters along with the other award winning pieces.

Marc Leuthold at Blanc de Chine Artist’s Residency

In 2017, Marc Leuthold spent three summer months as the awardee of a Blanc de Chine Artist’s Residency at the Wanqi Art Center. The award was sponsored by the Yishu-8 Foundation and Adam Yu of Beijing. Leuthold was nominated for the residency by artist and Dean Baiming of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Leuthold made sculptures, and an installation titled Esprit, and a video that documents the Esprit installation. The installation was created in the studio and with the cooperation of Song Liu Yen in Dehua, China.

Marc Leuthold at the Oldenburg Museum of Art

On July 30th and 31st, the Werkschule-Werkstatt für Kunst und Kulturarbeit (an art school) in Oldenburg, Germany, will host Marc Leuthold’s masterclass and demonstration/lecture. This event is part of the so-called “Portrait” program and coincides with Leuthold’s exhibit at the Oldenburg Museum of Art and the Ceramics Market. Ceramicist Martin McWilliam will also be presenting. Please drop by if you are in the area.

Back and Forth at Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine

Marc Leuthold is featured along with Dawn Clements in the Bates College Museum of Art exhibition Back and Forth: The Collaborative Works of Dawn Clements and Marc Leuthold.

The artists will discuss their collaborative process in a presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Room 104 of the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

A reception in the museum, which is also located in the arts center, follows the lecture.

The exhibition runs through March 21. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the academic year.

Admission is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-6158 or visit the museum website.

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“Lemons” (after Dawn Clements), a 2008 piece in raku stoneware by Marc Leuthold.