“The Voulkos legacy is his courage to destroy any limitation inherent in traditional and technically bound ceramics in order to free himself and other artists of rigid perceptions. His strength is a willingness to smash–in the same manner he beats a clay bowl with a wooden stick–accepted concepts, techniques or imagery for the unknown and new that destruction may yield.” http://artscenecal.com/ArticlesFile/Archive/Articles1996/Articles0296/Voulkos.html
I saw Peter Voulkos’ work at the Renwick in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2017/voulkos/His bold, raw, unbridled works moved inner tides.The exhibit shows his work from 1953-1968 – his ‘breakthrough’ years.Jackson Pollack described his work as ‘energy made visible.’
Researching him for today’s blog I discovered he was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana – studied his art at Montana State University.
My stepson Charlie chose Bozeman for now for his life’s workings out. May he and we all experience the constructive freedom of breakthrough years this artist has.
Voulkos became a new grounding for me as I walked among his works this past Tuesday. He absorbed the traditions and conventions he was given and then broke away from them into yet-to-be-breathed open air.
Energy made visible. Breakthrough years.
Things to work for at every age.