Ana Kras and Natalie Weinberger’s Powerhouse Collab at Picture Room
On view through August 20th at Brooklyn’s Picture Room, Family pairs pencil drawings by artist and designer Ana Kraš with stacked stoneware sculptures — each comprised of a set of functional vessels wheel-thrown by Brooklyn ceramicist Natalie Weinberger — in an exploration of emotional interplay between inanimate objects. “We started calling each set a family,” Weinberger says, “because we’re working with separate figures that share an emotional attachment.”
The artists, who first crossed paths years ago at a sale at Weinberger’s studio, connected over shared sensibilities in color, form, and function; a year or two later, conversation shifted to the possibility of a creative partnership. From there, a process emerged: Kraš sketched 2D figures; the pair discussed which could feasibly be reconstructed on the potter’s wheel; the vessels were then thrown, cut, and altered. Afterward, in a final step, Kraš revisited her initial sketches, drawing them again in an interpretation of classic family portraiture. In all, three “families” came of the collaboration, each linked by physical similarities, but also, a harder-to-define spark born of shared beginnings.
Also featured (and available for purchase): a limited run of marbled stoneware cups, bowls, and vases inspired by the collaboration.