Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) led in the development of pottery as an art form. With an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (1952), he taught at Black Mountain College (1953) where he was exposed to the avant-garde. In 1954, Voulkos moved to Los Angeles to become the chairman of a newly established ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later renamed the Otis Art Institute) and soon assembled a remarkable group of students: Paul Soldner, Jerry Rothman, Michael Frimkess, Kenneth Price, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, and others. While influencing numerous students and achieving international status, Mr. Voulkos was faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1985. His work introduced the so-called Abstract Expressionist movement that turned the polite world of American ceramics upside down. Arguably the most influential potter of the 20th century and his work is in over 100 museum collections worldwide. Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio were the first resident artists at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.
Peter Voulkos most recently had a major exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City entitled- Voulkos- The Breakthrough Years.
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess began working together in 1963. Their fifty-year collaboration produced an intriguing body of work that has seen a great amount of attention, especially in the last few years. It is actively collected by celebrities, museums and private collectors intrigued by the playfulness of the subject matter and how Michael and Magdalena are simply unbound by convention. The exhibition features an array of the couple’s talented work- sculptures of Walt Disney characters, vases, mugs, and even their iconic horse. It will allow the viewers a glimpse into the Frimkess’ world that has largely been set aside for decades.
Michael Frimkess (b. 1937) was a musician in his early years and turned to ceramics after a vision during a peyote trip. In 1956, he started to study under the great Peter Voulkos (1924 – 2002) at the Otis College of Art and Design (California), working alongside students such as Ken Price, John Mason, and Billy Al Bengston.
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess (b. 1929) was originally from Venezuela and moved to Chile at age 18. In 1962 she was described in Art in America as “the most daring sculptor working in Chile” in 1962. The next year she moved to California and met Michael.
EXTENDED until the end of APRIL: Inspired by a current exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR, Cerbera Gallery will show video slides, as well as exhibit a signed copy of “Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border”.