Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
United States, Japan and Hong Kong
Si Satchanalai Vessel with Notched Neck, Ayutthaya Period, 1350 - 1767 A.D., Thailand, 2016. Print. 17 x 17". Edition 1/5. Value $4,000. Gift of the artist.
Passport Item: A signed copy of Object Portraits a book by Eric Zetterquist.
For over a thousand years the Chinese have painted portraits of art objects in their collections, both to extol the esthetic virtues of an object and to exhibit the accomplishments of a collector. Following and contemporizing this practice, Eric Zetterquist has created a series of portraits of Asian ceramics dating from 2500 B.C. - 1400 A.D.. He has done this by isolating minute form elements of the object, and highlighting the negative space created by them. He further reduces and abstracts these forms by creating large-scale, flattened images in black and white with "painterly" edges. Eric Zetterquist's dual careers as a photographer and an expert in Asian antiquities which led to the "Object Portrait" series of highly abstracted details of ancient ceramics. It is an ultimate East-Meets-West and Old-Meets-New project that reveals his early influences of Sugimoto, Ellsworth Kelly, and the countless Song Dynasty masterpieces that he has handled over the last two decades. Originally developed as a way to help his clients understand how we perceive the nuances of form, these large scaled works, more like ink painting than photographs, have become popular in their own right, selling into several private collections in the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.