Jeff Reich is one of five clay artists featured in GVG Contemporary’s new show “Material Impulse: A Confluence of Clay Artists,” which opens on June 23 and runs through July 14.
Reich, whose work integrates abstract expressionist influences with contemporary desert landscapes and whose compositions often consist of two-dimensional glaze windows or fields superimposed on the three-dimensional surface of the clay, creates forms that are inspired by the Sonoran desert’s natural rock formations and the erratic growth of trees during a drought.
“It’s amazing the way Jeff engineers his pieces,” says Robert Siracusa, the show’s curator and owner of ARC Contemporary Fine Art in Cottonwood, Arizona.
Unusual ceramic pieces by Magda Gluszek, Ben Roti, Farraday Newsome and Novie Trump also are part of the show. “Each of these artists has their own way of treating surfaces and their own “secrets” of working with their materials,” explains Siracusa. “They stretch and push boundaries.”
GVG Contemporary’s co-owner and gallery director Blair Vaughn-Gruler says the gallery’s collaboration with Siracusa, who represents the show’s five artists in his Arizona gallery, was a natural one.
“Robert is a sculptor who has worked in stone and bronze and has had a long passion for materiality in general and ceramics in particular,” she says. “Since GVG is also driven by a fascination with materials, collaborating with Robert to explore what is going on in the world of clay in the Southwest region was an irresistible opportunity.”
The public is invited to attend a roundtable discussion with the artists and Siracusa from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24.