Joe Mariscal: MENAGERIE

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Joe Mariscal: MENAGERIE

Feb 3 — Mar 25, 2017

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Birds, beasts, fish and bugs, Joe Mariscal serves up a menagerie of wildlife in this exhibition of his recent ceramic sculpture. Imbued with a gritty sense of power and wry humor, these pieces are intriguing in the territory they occupy. Beautifully crafted and bold, the work references folk art and clan totems with a nod to the long history of Bay Area figurative ceramics and a strong dose of anthropomorphism thrown in.

Mariscal is a veteran of ceramic sculpture, as he says, he has “slabbed, coiled and burnished clay for over 40 years.” His deft touch and fierce connection to the medium are evident in the work. Having lived in Mexico and traveled extensively, most recently to Vietnam, Mariscal expresses his feelings and experiences of the human condition through its animal nature as in these works now showing at Transmission Gallery in Menagerie.

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Joe Mariscal. MariscalBear1Sm — Bear, low fire ceramic, smoked Terra sigillata, mixed media, 14x14x16"