Artist Talk: Susan Beiner | Sugar Fields

“I have a new outlook,” says ceramicist Susan Beiner.  “By utilizing repetition and multiplication, I create dense patterning–but with spaces to take a breath.”

Susan Beiner returns to form & concept for a solo exhibition featuring a large-scale, modular installation. The wall sculptures will feature Beiner’s characteristic floral forms, a porcelain garden of tactile blooms with allusions to architectural structures. Though it reads as one unit, each piece will be a unique work, showcasing Beiner’s vocabulary of encrusted forms.

Beiner’s ceramic art is often dominated by vivid, mottled greens. For Sugar Fields, the artist strived to develop new methods and incorporate a new color palette. “I started thinking about color in a more illustrative way, allowing form to develop as a graphic element,” the ceramicist said. Beiner layers multiple glazes to create deeper hues, which allows an illusion of depth to coat the surface. The appearance of drippy glazes envelops the piece, evoking the kaleidoscopic effects of sunlight passing through the leaves of a plant.

Opening: Susan Beiner | Sugar Fields

Susan Beiner returns to form & concept for a solo exhibition featuring a large-scale, modular installation. The wall sculptures will feature Beiner’s characteristic floral forms, a porcelain garden of tactile blooms with allusions to architectural structures. Though it reads as one unit, each piece will be a unique work, showcasing Beiner’s vocabulary of encrusted forms.

 

“The installation will be encrusted and glazed in different ways,” Beiner explains. “There’s a pattern, but the surface will bring variation to a large scale.”

 

Despite the fragility of Beiner’s medium, her work maintains an air of resilience. With more than thirty years of experience, the Arizona State University professor has crafted a body of work that examines the tension and symbiotic relationship between organic and inorganic forms. In recent years, Beiner has incorporated plastic, rubber, acrylic, and other man-made materials into her ceramic works.

 

Sugar Fields debuts May 31 and is on view through July 13. Beiner will host an Artist Talk on Saturday, June 1.

Spotlight: Ceramics

Ceramic Art- Rachel Donner- Brian Giniewski- Susan Beiner- Form and Concept Shop- Santa Fe New Mexico

There’s a brand new array of charming ceramics in the form & concept shop. Rachel Donner‘s mugs, platters, and vases come in an array of fun colors and geometric forms. Brian Gienewski is a Philadelphia-based artist with a knack for creating oozing, colorful drips of glaze on cups, tumblers, and vases. When she isn’t making porcelain blooms, Susan Beiner crafts unique, eye-catching mugs with striking color combinations. Browse some of our favorite pieces below, and click the images to see more.

Rachel Donner- Ceramic Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Rachel Donner.

Brian Giniewski- Ceramic Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Brian Giniewski.

Susan Beiner- Ceramic Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Susan Beiner.

Stocking Stuffers.

Stop by form & concept for affordable gifts from our gallery shop! From earrings to ceramics, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. For last-minute shoppers, we’re open on Saturday, December 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The gallery will be closed for the holidays from 12/24/17 through 1/2/17, except for the Santa Fe Railyard’s Last Friday Art Walk on 12/29 from 5-7 pm.

Holiday Gifts Under $100- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Wearable art by Danny HartGinger DunnillRand Marco & Charles Greeley.

Ceramics- Holiday Gifts- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Collectible ceramics by Susan BeinerWesley AndereggWookjae Maeng, and Rachel Donner.

Microcosm Small Works Invitational- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New MexicoOver 20 artists, craftspeople and designers from past form & concept shows return with artworks that measure 8 x 10 inches or smaller in the MICROCOSM small works invitational.

Click here to browse the complete form & concept collection.