Article Posted -- February 24, 2014
Sussex County Community College art faculty member, Bruce Dehnert’s installation, “Red Room,” is included in a major ceramics survey exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand. The exhibition, titled “Slip Cast,” will be presented by the museum from 12 February to 2 June 2014.The exhibition was organized by Senior Curator Emma Bugden.
“Red Room” was produced during Dehnert’s tenure in New Zealand. Morphing from architectural elements to natural flora, the installation is comprised of various vignettes of an idea. As a whole the work is a veritable, movable feast. By using clay, a material that is both elemental and complex at the same time, Dehnert alludes to the poetics of the temporal and permanent nature of things coming together in a somewhat tenuous, organic manner. Each component of the installation is attachable in segments. Hundreds of floral heads slot into stems which in turn arc outward from architectural mounts. The sensuous exploration of porcelain, stoneware, earthenware and glazes combine together to form a unified and dramatic work experienced from many perspectives and imaginary viewpoints. As a total sum of parts, the sculpture has the potential to be installed into many varying kinds of spaces, which in turn is able to express the changing nature and understanding of art itself.
Bruce Dehnert is a three-time Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award winner, has received numerous awards including a New Jersey Artist Fellowship, the Settlor Prize in Sculpture, and a Carnegie Premier Award for Works on Paper. He was also a finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson International Figurative Competition. His work is held in a number of museums and collections including The Crocker Museum [California], the Yixing Museum of Ceramic Art [China], The New Dowse Museum [New Zealand] and The White House [Washington, DC].
Dehnert is active as a writer having articles published in numerous journals including, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics: Art and Perception and recently completed a book (Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook] on Simon Leach for Abrams Publishing of New York.
For further information on Bruce’s work, please visit; http://brucedehnert.blogspot.com/