George Sherman, On Fire
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George Sherman
On Fire
January 06 – February 17 2024

Opening
Saturday, January 06
3 – 6PM

On View
January 06 – February 17 2024

Wednesday – Saturday
Noon – 5PM

Marta
3021 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Palm to Peak

Marta is delighted to announce On Fire, an exhibition of new works by Pasadena-based master ceramicist George Sherman. With soft reference to the forms and linguistic play first presented in FOX, BOBCAT, BEAR (2022), the artist has composed a body of work that reflects both the scale of his environment—Sherman lives and works in the dramatic foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains—and the boundaries of his monumental, yet enticingly delicate, applications of clay.

By virtue of process, the ceramicist must think in terms of iteration; the production of related pairs or multiples to safeguard against failure. It is this submission to materiality, to the capriciousness of clay, that facilitates choice—a path between variations in color, texture, and form that branch out with the flexing curvatures of an old-growth tree. It is these curves, their expressive arcs and degrees of motion, that lead the viewer into Sherman’s work and bring us, maze-like, through its manifold narratives. They are the sinuous bodies of snakes; the cerulean ripples—constructed as concentric circles—that orbit the pillowy splash from an invisible diver; the harmonious ‘O’ in CROW(N) that letters a scow. Each of these forms—reflective of both the artist’s place of residence, situated within a Wildland-Urban Interface designation, and his upbringing as a self-described ‘Navy Brat’—interweave environment with experience, history with memory, and reiterate Sherman’s technical capacity to render the grandeurs, both great and small, of the organic world.

Anchoring the show’s larger works, located in the gallery’s primary exhibition space, are a series of trays and cups. These functional foils, dispersed between the main- and ante-rooms, are solid canvases for the artist’s eloquent renderings of dogs, cacti, and mountainscapes, alongside the ram’s head of Georgia O’Keeffe, the Campbell’s Soup can of Andy Warhol, and the 90° angles of Frank Stella—three of the nine mugs that comprise the series First Name Basis, which pays homage to a selection of lauded twentieth-century American artists. The subtle breadth of the exhibition, scaled from palm to peak, is a reminder of Sherman’s curriculum vitae—his course of life, which like a climber’s ascent, moves eternal with hand to earth.

George Sherman (b. 1945, San Diego) is a Pasadena-based ceramic artist. A long-time studio tech and professor (ret. 2018) at CSU, USC, and Scripps College, Sherman is a torch-bearer of and for the California Clay Movement, having been a pupil of Philip Cornelius at Pasadena City College in the late 1960s, and of John Mason at UC Irvine in the early 1970s. This is the artist’s third-ever solo exhibition, and his second with the gallery.

Floor Works

George Sherman
Splash / Breathe I, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
10.0 × 76.0 × 78.0 in.
25 × 193 × 198 cm

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George Sherman
Splash / Breathe II, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
10.0 × 92.0 × 91.0 in.
25 × 234 × 231 cm

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George Sherman
Sierra Madre Coil, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
13.0 × 64.0 × 59.0 in.
33 × 163 × 150 cm

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George Sherman
Moral Coil, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
6.0 × 71.0 × 51.0 in.
15 × 180 × 130 cm

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George Sherman
Morning Glory Dive, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
14.0 × 39.0 × 39.0 in.
36 × 99 × 99 cm

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George Sherman
Dive II, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
25.0 × 38.0 × 36.0 in.
63.5 × 97 × 91 cm

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George Sherman
Egret I, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
37.0 × 14.0 × 5.5 in.
94 × 36 × 14 cm

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George Sherman
Egret II, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
34.5 × 15.0 × 5.5 in.
88 × 38 × 14 cm

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George Sherman
Heron I, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
36.5 × 19.5 × 5.5 in.
91 × 50 × 14 cm

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George Sherman
Heron II, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
38.0 × 20.0 × 5.5 in.
97 × 51 × 14 cm

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George Sherman
Ibis I, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
45.5 × 17.0 × 5.5 in.
116 × 43 × 14 cm

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George Sherman
Ibis II, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
52.0 × 15.0 × 6.0 in.
132 × 38 × 15 cm

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George Sherman
Trespass I, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
37.0 × 17.75 × 8.0 in.
94 × 45 × 20 cm

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George Sherman
Trespass II, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
34.5 × 15.5 × 8.5 in.
88 × 39 × 20 cm

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Wall Works

George Sherman
Shore: Vertical Aspect, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
63.0 × 61.0 × 5.0 in.
160 × 155 × 13 cm

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George Sherman
Azure Bet, 2022
High-fire Ceramic, Glaze
79.0 × 9.0 × 17.0 in.
201 × 23 × 43 cm

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George Sherman
Poisonsnake., 2022
High-fire Ceramic, Glaze
78.0 × 4.75 × 5.0 in.
198 × 12 × 13 cm

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George Sherman
Gila Monster (After Ben), 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
9.0 × 48.0 × 5.0 in.
23 × 122 × 13 cm

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George Sherman
The Kiss (After Rodin), 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
7.5 × 60.0 × 3.0 in.
19 × 152 × 8 cm

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George Sherman
Rattlesnake II (After Jon), 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
8.0 × 31.0 × 3.0 in.
20 × 79 × 8 cm

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Plinth Works

Burned (SSE), 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
60.0 × 31.0 × 27.0 in.
152 × 79 × 69 cm

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George Sherman
Columbine (Wildflower), 2021
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
35.0 × 19.5 × 15.0 in.
90 × 50 × 38 cm

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Cups & Trays

George Sherman
First Name Basis, 2015
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.5 × 19.5 × 6.0 in.
50 × 50 × 15 cm

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George Sherman
Cactus Land, 2013
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.5 × 19.5 × 6.0 in.
50 × 50 × 15 cm

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George Sherman
Goodbye Doggie Gets Around, 2016
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze, Plywood
19.5 × 19.5 × 6.0 in.
50 × 50 × 15 cm

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George Sherman
Blind Alley / Dead End, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.0 × 18.75 × 2.0 in.
48 × 47.6 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Down and Going Artist, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.25 × 2.0 in.
47 × 46 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Zen Gabriel Mountains, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.5 × 2.0 in.
47 × 47 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
You Don’t Need a Weathergirl, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.0 × 18.75 × 2.0 in.
52 × 52 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
On Fire / Fire On, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.75 × 18.0 × 2.0 in.
48 × 46 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Cup on Teapot on Tray, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.5 × 2.0 in.
47 × 47 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Fuji Lakes, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.5 × 2.0 in.
47 × 47 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Oribe Sky, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.25 × 2.0 in.
47 × 46 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Five Pomegranates, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.5 × 19.25 × 2.25 in.
49.5 × 49 × 5.7 cm

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George Sherman
Espinas Peligrosas III, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.25 × 2.0 in.
47 × 46 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Prickly Pear Cactus, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
20.5 × 20.25 × 2.0 in.
47 × 46 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Baby Steps, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.0 × 19.5 × 2.0 in.
48 × 49.5 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Ferocactus Viridescens, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.5 × 20.0 × 2.0 in.
49.5 × 51 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Guapo Waiting for the Rain, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
19.5 × 19.0 × 2.0 in.
49.5 × 48 × 5 cm

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George Sherman
Goodbye Doggie with Gnats, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
18.5 × 18.5 × 2.0 in.
47 × 47 × 5 cm

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Marta

Marta is a gallery that hosts works at the meeting points of art and design. Founded in Los Angeles in 2019, the gallery makes space for artists to experiment with the utility of design, and for designers to explore the occasional abandonment of function. Marta’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in both the process of an object’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Marta embraces the intersection of disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes access to the arts.