Jesse Small, LEM-1, 2012, porcelain, photo-transfer, 9 x 5 ½ x 5 ½ in., Museum purchase, Charles Lamson Hoffman Family Fund.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art recently acquired a work by Los Angeles ceramic artist Jesse Small.
After obtaining a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute with a dual major in sculpture and ceramics, Small obtained a MFA degree from Alfred University in Alfred, NY, which is world renowned for their program in ceramics.
Working in a wide variety of forms, Small blends elements of both sculpture and ceramics into the pieces he creates, which range from extraordinary chandelier works to discrete objects such as LEM-1
. While adopting the overall shape of a Pac Man player, the porcelain sculpture is adorned with unique motifs. Here, his photo-transfers reference his time working in China, where he sought out the whitest porcelain materials to be fired in his Los Angeles studio. Referencing two forms of popular culture simultaneously, Small creates objects that transcend any single culture and comment upon the contemporary world.
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