In Brooklyn, 32 Artists Riffing on an Ancient Form — Vases With Faces
The exhibition of multi-disciplinary artists riffing on a traditional trope or form keeps popping up here in New York, and each one has been more delightful than the last. The latest, showcased at Fredericks & Mae’s Brooklyn storefront and curated by the duo, is all about “head pots” — also known as vases with faces. Bringing together 33 artists and designs, the show — obviously called About Face — features a range of works inspired by the history of the form. CHIAOZZA’s “The Unlucky Lover,” a pale blue painted paper-pulp head, echoes an ancient tale about a beheaded lover. Joe Sturm’s five tiny, adorable vessels have primary-colored smirks that you just want to take home in your pocket. Dusen Dusen’s piece comes by way of a many-faced tissue box, multicolored and striped. On view until November 18, the pieces are by turns witty (Emily Mullin’s Between Two Ferns) and stern (Clam Lab’s long-faced lad), but every piece will cheer you up — especially Katie Kimmel’s dog (I’m naming it Melvin) with a crown.
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