ANI KASTEN: Debris Poems

Opening Reception Jan 18, 3 - 5pm

Artist Talk Jan 19, 2 - 4pm

January 18 – February 8, 2020

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Tall Vessel w/ Blue, 2019

Stoneware and Porcelain with Wire and Pebbles

27h x 12.50w x 12d in

AK029

P.O.R. 

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Urn with Lug Handles
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with basalt chunks and nichrome wire, 2019

28h x 11w x 13d in

AK089

P.O.R.

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Large Earthly Creature
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

24h x 16w x 10d in

12/19

AK067

P.O.R.

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Large Bowl with Wire Drawings
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

20h x 18w in

12/19

AK053

$ 1,500.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Large Orb with Porcelain Handles and Wire Nest
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

18h x 20w in

12/19

AK063

P.O.R.

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Woven Vessel with Kiln Coils
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, and kiln coils, 2019

Mixed media

16h x 9w in

12/19

AK054

$ 1,250.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Bowl with Metallic Glaze and Porcelain Loops; black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire and basalt chunks, 2019

Mixed media

12h x 13w in

12/19

AK056

$ 950.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Bowl with Pierced Lip
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

12h x 14w in

12/19

AK064

$ 1,350.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Large Bowl with Wire Loops
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, basalt chunks and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

14h x 20w in

12/19

AK050

$ 1,850.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Large Bowl with Woven Lip
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, studio debris, gold leaf, 2019

Mixed media

14h x 16w x 10d in

12/19

AK066

$ 1,350.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Footed Vessel with Wire Drawing
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and metal wire; h: 8" x d: 6" x w: 10"; 2019, 2019

Mixed media

8h x 6w x 10d in

12/19

AK065

$ 650.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Yellow Robot
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips and glazes, kiln coil, nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

11h x 8w in

12/19

AK049

$ 850.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Basin with Glacial Glaze Pool;
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips and glazes, 2019

Mixed media

4h x 13w in

12/19

AK057

$ 750.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Low Bowl with Blue Ring Handle
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

3h x 12w in

12/19

AK058

$ 450.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Bowl with Electric Blue Handles;
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips and glazes

4h x 12w in

12/19

AK079

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Oblong Vessel with Piercings
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

7h x 6w x 12d in

12/19

AK080

$ 1,500.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Tea Bowl
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

3h x 5w in

12/19

AK085

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Tea Bowl
black stoneware and porcelain with slips, glazes, and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

3h x 5w in

12/19

AK086

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Tea Bowl
black stoneware and porcelain with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

3h x 5w in

12/19

AK087

$ 165.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Tall Lidded Box
black stoneware and porcelain with slips and glazes, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

12h x 5w x 6d in

12/19

AK076

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box I
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

5h x 5w 

12/19

AK068

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kuriniki Box II
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

5h x 5w 

12/19

AK069

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box III
black stoneware and porcelain with slips, glazes, and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

5h x 5w 

12/19

AK070

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box IV
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

5h x 5w 

12/19

AK071

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box V
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

5h x 5w 

12/19

AK072

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box VI
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic, with basalt chunks and nichrome wire, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

5h x 5w in

12/19

AK081

$ 275.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box VII
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic, with basalt chunks and nichrome wire, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

4.50h x 5w in

12/19

AK082

$ 260.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box VIII
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with basalt chunks and nichrome wire, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

5h x 5w in

12/19

AK083

SOLD 

 

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Box IX
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

5h x 5w in

12/19

AK084

$ 275.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Earthly Creature I
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

10h x 8w in

12/19

AK052

$ 750.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Earthly Creature II
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, studio debris and nichrome wire, 2019

Mixed media

10h x 8w in

12/19

AK059

$ 650.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Earthly Creature III
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire and studio debris;, 2019

Mixed media

9h x 9w in

12/19

AK060

$ 750.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Earthly Creature IV
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, and studio debris, 2019

Mixed media

13h x 8w in

12/19

AK061

$ 850.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Earthly Creature V
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, studio debris and hornets' nest; h: 13" x d: 8"; 2019, 2019

Mixed media

13h x 8w in

12/19

AK062

$ 850.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #1, 2019

Black stoneware, porcelain, slips, glazes, metal wire, studio debris

7h x 4w in

SOLD

AK045

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #2, 2019

Black stoneware, porcelain, slips, glazes, metal wire, studio debris

7h x 4w in

AK046

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #3, 2019

Black stoneware, porcelain, slips, glazes, metal wire, studio debris

7h x 4w in

AK047

$575

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #4, 2019

Black stoneware, porcelain, slips, glazes, metal wire, studio debris

7h x 4w in

AK048

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #5
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, kiln coil, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

8h x 6w x 8d in

12/19

AK078

$ 595.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Debris Poem #6
black stoneware and porcelain ceramic with slips, glazes, nichrome wire, kiln coil, 2019

Stoneware, mixed media

8h x 6w in

12/19

AK077

$ 575.00

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Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Whiskey Cups, Yellow, 2019

porcelain

4h x 3w in

12/19

AK088

SOLD

Ani Kasten

Ani Kasten

Kurinuki Whiskey Cups; carved porcelain with glazes; h: 4" x d: 3"; 2019, 2019

porcelain

4h x 3w in

12/19

AK075

SOLD

Press Release

Show Statement

This latest body of work builds on Kasten’s continued fascination with deconstructed vessel forms and introduces a new series of sculptural works called ‘Debris Poems’. Kasten was attracted to exploring the idea of a visual poem in her ceramic work by creating sculptural compositions from fragments and debris. A poem shears away everything but the most essential, evoking an emotional response through the sparest communication, constructing concepts and feelings into a hewn verbal form, without engaging narrative or logic. Working within the concept of visual poems, Kasten employs the ceramic medium to reflect on issues weighing on all of our minds, such as environmental collapse, social collapse, and inner and outer strife. Earth materials like clay and rocks provide such a perfect metaphor for exploring these ideas, as working in clay is about the search for balance between the natural tendencies of the materials and the craft that is brought about by contact with the human hand. Faced with monumental forces of nature and entropy, a sadness and feeling of futility is provoked with the notion that human hubris seeks to create lasting structure and survival in the face of decimation by forces outside of our control—earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, violence and war. In Kasten’s latest group of sculptural vessels, she reveals emerging structures and constructs under stress, made by the human hand but fighting against collapsing infrastructure. They delve into the cracking apart, warping and erosion that are natural expressions of the material, and explore the beauty and sadness in building from wreckage, such as a little Robot made from scavenged shards of something former, with two little ears made from fossilized hornets’ nests. In the act of scavenging, building and creating the visual poems, Kasten is searching for beauty and harmony in the act of piecing back together what may seem like meaningless detritus of a collapsing world, reclaiming a tenuous and fragile feeling of meaning and purpose.

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