Rupert Spira - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    The writing ‘embedded like a vein of quartz’ is wholly integral to the body of the bowl and only occasionally begins to reveal itself to the viewer. When this happens however, it does not take the form of a continuous text that is intended to be read in a linear way.  Suggestions of words appear, and also the rhythm of an incantation or poem, perhaps one recited in a lost language, this cadence mirrors something of the meditative processes involved in the repetitive actions of making. The marks made are familiar yet enigmatic, but the mind of the viewer fills gaps in an attempt to create an order that has meaning, this initiates a private conversation unique to the beholder and the object itself.  This use of text has the effect of turning the bowl into a kind of metaphor for carrying literature of a more traditional kind, it becomes a conveyor of information, a receptacle containing an experience, knowledge, even wisdom which can now be imparted as some form of calligraphic text.


Open bowl

Stoneware, incised text through black pigment.
21 1/4 in. (54 cm) diameter
Impressed with artist’s seal.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $6,875

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York