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  Ursula Morley Price
November 18 - December 18, 2010
 

For her current exhibition, Ursula Morley Price has revisited sculptural elements from previous work, some recent, some decades-old, leading to dynamic developments and new combinations. Price exhibited “fountain” forms two years ago, which employed elegantly flared flanges and smooth edges to mimic the graceful fluidity of water slipping over the edges of a container. Her current fountain forms are equally balanced, but much more energetic. With dramatically arched flanges and spiked edges, they suggest forceful spray frozen in time or the wet plumage of a bird shaking its wings while bathing. A spherical pom-pom shape used by Price in the 1980s has been similarly reinterpreted and visually energized. The original longitudinal flanges now have pronounced waves, especially near the equator of each piece. The strong undulations create directional patterns of shadow and light that repeatedly draw the eye back and forth. Price incorporates similar wave patterns into taller sculptures, some of which are capped with mouth-like openings. In many of the current sculptures, the openings swell to resemble an egg or elongated dome. These developments have led Price to her newest tall form, which she calls Grace Bulbous Form, characterized by the complex rippling and undulation of the flanges and its assertive scale. She continues to work with monochromatic glazes--here, creamy yellows and pale whites, rich dark browns, and a silvery green "bronze" color--all possessing a distinctive matte surface texture. As in the past, her forms are created with the traditional pinch-and-coil method, beginning with a vessel armature which is spatially articulated using her signature, paper-thin flange elements.
 
 
 
Bronze Shoulder Belly Egg Mouth Form, 2010
Stoneware
11 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 6 inches

Cream Grace Bulbous Form, 2010
Stoneware
11 x 8 1/2 x 6 inches

Tall Brown Flange Form, 2010
Stoneware
9 x 7 x 5 1/2 inches
 
Cream Egg Mouth Form, 2010
Stoneware
10 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

Brown Round Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
5 3/4 x 6 x 6 inches

Cream Mouth Form, 2010
Stoneware
5 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 5 inches
 
Bronze/Black Fountain Plume Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 1/4 x 10 3/8 x 9 inches

Cream Fountain Plume Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 x 10 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

Bronze Fountain Plume Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 1/8 x 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
 
Bronze Egg Mouth Form, 2010
Stoneware
10 x 7 x 6 inches

Cream Mouth Form, 2010
Stoneware
9 x 8 x 6 1/4 inches

Bronze Tallish Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
8 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
 
Cream Round Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
5 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Brown Roundish Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
7 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Cream Round Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 3/4 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Brown Tall Curly Form, 2010
Stoneware
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

Cream Fountain Plume Form, 2010
Stoneware
8 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

Bronze Fountain Vase, 2010
Stoneware
8 7/8 x 10 x 7 inches
 
Cream Open Heart Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 6 inches

Brown Open Heart Form, 2010
Stoneware
6 x 7 x 7 inches
 
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