Rimas VisGirda: Redux
June 2 - July 31, 2017
- Opening Reception: First Friday, June 2nd, 6-9pm
Rimas Visgirda, porcelain, ceramic pigment, lusters 10.5” x 8” x 3”
For our June and July 2017 exhibition, Plinth Gallery is excited to exhibit new work of Lithuanian born American ceramic artist Rimas VisGirda. VisGirda received his undergraduate degree in physics as well as a Masters of Art from California State University in Sacramento. He also holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Washington State University. VisGirda’s ceramic work has been internationally exhibited and anthologized. After a lengthy teaching career, VisGirda now resides in Champaign, Illinois with his family and maintains an active studio practice.
3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
VisGirda’s ceramic work is clearly “socio-critical caricature.” He credits underground cartoonists Robert Crumb, S.Clay Wilson, and the British punk movement as major influences. His “non-functional vessels” embrace a graphic sensibility in what the artist refers to as “influenced by the culture I live in, the machine age, the urban environment, media, fad and fashion.” His colorfully decorated surfaces are often stylized faces that contain exaggerated bright red lips, a deeply penetrating gaze of magnified eyes, or contain a sculptural nose extending outwards as part of the form. Exquisitely rendered in multiple layers of ceramic pigment placed over a textured clay surface, he also uses ceramic lusters, fired metallic pigments to give additional depth to the image. Critic Judith Schwartz elaborates on VisGirda’s ceramic pieces that “He examines the mundane and commonplace, presenting the viewer with a pictorial image that we can all relate to depending on our own personal experience. His work allows us to examine and see our life and the culture within which we live through eyes slanted with wit and humor.”
In the first part of his career, VisGirda’s alter-ego was “Captain Ceramics.” His parody of ceramics education can be seen at http://crafthaus.ning.com/video/the-captain-ceramics-story
Of VisGirda’s work, Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan remarks that “artists are barometers of our culture, and Rimas has captured a very important part of the human condition of being both an observer and a participant. He has distilled his many experiences as a world traveler into a very identifiable personal statement that are culturally and visually relevant.”
“Redux”, an exhibition of new ceramic work of Rimas VisGirda will open at Plinth Gallery on Friday June 2, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. The artist will be present for the opening reception. As always, our exhibitions are free and open to the public. Plinth Gallery is located in Denver’s River North Art District at 3520 Brighton Blvd. Visit our website www.plinthgallery.com or call the gallery for further information.