Monday, February 22, 2010

This show at the Jane Hartsook Gallery at GHP consists of wall tiles, still life groupings of ceramic shapes, and ceramic pieces that lie flat and abound with pulsating organic shapes. The tiles have mostly floral motifs; the still life pieces are quiet and contemplative, and are made up of simple fruit, vessel, or flowering shapes that can be unglazed, glazed in a nearly identical matte, or a combination of two colors. The separate elements are constructed from either porcelain, paper porcelain or stoneware. The work sends forth a cool detachment, and the Hartsook Gallery space participates nicely. Shiftan currently heads the ceramics department at SUNY New Paltz.

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