Resonance: Clay + Found Objects by Ilene Ferber
Sat, Mar 7, 5-7pm
Fábrica la Aurora
By Mamie Spiegel
You might hear sounds coming from the Zoho Galería at the Art Walk on March 7. Ilene Ferber’s sculptures don’t actually make noise, but you can almost hear them when you look at them: they reverberate, they sing, they speak. Her delicate works are made of wafer like pieces of clay(almost paper thin) arranged vertically in parallel formations. These slender clay discs echo each other, making a kind of music you’ve never seen before.
Have you ever looked at a visual representation of sound where vertical parallel lines succeed each other horizontally and rise and fall according to pitch? These sculptures evoke that experience. Her sculptures will surprise you. That’s because Ferber juxtaposes the rational architecture of the discs to irrational “found objects,” things that come from other worlds–pieces of steel, fragments of animals, discarded stuff nobody would bother to look at, which, of course, are beautiful. They come from years of foraging in junkyards, in rivers, on beaches, and wherever interesting discarded objects might be found. Ferber says that she’s never happier than when she is out in the open searching for what she might find. She never knows what’s lurking just around the corner.
This series of work is influenced by these objects, and the ceramic pieces in the exhibition are made both in response to these found objects and changed by them. The clay and the objets trouvés converse with each other and find mutuality even though they arise from completely disparate realms. The visual contrast between the deliberately refined clay discs and the random remnants of once functional objects are shocking, suggestive, and illuminating. They augment each other: the two divergent forms interact, fighting and fueling one another.
Ferber’s pieces are not one-, two- or three-dimensional. They are four-dimensional; they contain a depth that is not usually associated with ceramic pieces. They have an underlying resonance, a richness of expression, and a complexity of communications. Each sculpture offers a narrative of the past and the present. They aren’t very big, but they have a lot to say.