An exhibition of works by Peter Fraterdeus with ceramic sculptures by guest artist Bill Farrell.
Threatening clouds, gently mottled sunlight, immense vistas of clarity, obscurity, wind and storm. As a dedicated cloud watcher Peter Fraterdeus cherishes both friendly cumulus and towering cumulonimbus. The broad vista of our deeply layered atmosphere is incredibly beautiful in its infinite variety. The cloudscapes exhibited have been printed as large as practical, aspiring to bring the light of a particular day into the gallery. Yet, there is no way to capture the sky, all we can do is hint at its immensity.
The calligraphic texts represented in Atmospheres are mostly poems, and combine elements of Asian and western letterform traditions, written with a continuously moving brush. Occasionally the distinction is blurred between abstract and semantically meaningful marks. The “Enso” Zen circle doubles as an “O”, the first letter of a poem. The words become abstract flowing lines, seen vertically, they challenge legibility, but evoke the passage of thought.
Complementing the poetry are large calligraphic pieces written in the Zen style with only a single character or two on a large sheet. The power and immediacy of the strokes are meant to evoke an ‘atmosphere’ in themselves, providing context for meditation and contemplation.
Included in this exhibit is a selection of previously unseen pieces from master potter Bill Farrell.