British artist Lisa Selby is elegantly defiant. On view at the Inova gallery in her first US solo show, her ceramics are restrained in physical form but loaded with psychological tension and activated by terse, evocative titles. While much of her work has been described as addressing domesticity and gender roles, Selby hints at narrative, at times even turning her creations into characters of a sort.
By contrast, the other solo show at Inova is more playful and improvisational. Benjamin DeMott’sTeeter Jam is an installation of multiple works with spirited interactions between material and form. DeMott describes his process as “knowing through making,” and the installation itself gives viewers the jumbled, curious sense of an artist’s studio. Thin, wiry forms are bunched together, forming a physical mass that climbs a wall in a snarled, clouded crowd, set off by a spidery mobile along the lines of Alexander Calder but without his large, geometric shapes. Another object is a large, ceramic oblong form, sort of like a totemic head sitting on the floor; Oozing paint on the top creates a kind of wicked hairdo while a straw-like piece, extending out a foot or more, suggests a mouth, yet the entire work is an unexpected pairing of materials.
Read more about the exhibit from Milwaukee's Third Coast Daily.