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Tony Marsh
Harrison McIntosh
Karen Thuesen Massaro
Group Show
November 26-December 31, 2005
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The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of work by three ceramic sculptors. Each of the artists will be represented by works that demonstrate the idea of unity in diversity. Harrison McIntosh will present eight sculptures that are made of ceramics and stainless steel. Tony Marsh will be showing a series of ceramic works that are groupings of primary forms. Karen Thuesen Massaro creates porcelain sculptures of multiple elements with delicate surface markings.

All three ceramic artists have addressed the ideas of unity in multiplicity through their work. Harrison McIntosh, who is 91 years old, is one of the seminal figures in the California ceramics movement. His ceramic vessels and sculptures are derived from many influences, including Asian ceramic traditions, modern abstraction, and Scandinavian design. His career, which now spans over six decades, marks him as a classic mid-century modernist. The eight works in this show, with titles such as "Mass in Space", "Nature's Union", and "The Wave", evidence a study of the principles of nature, and the artist's interest in cosmology and conceptual forms. Works will range in date from 1973 through 1997.

Tony Marsh has created a new series for this exhibition, in which he combines several essential or primary abstracted forms. Previous series by the artist included works with titles such as "Radiance and Abundance", "Marriage", and "Fertility". His interest in the relationship between nature and culture are often expressed in a dichotomous form, sensual and cerebral, solid yet full of light, showing the unity of the masculine and the feminine. Tony Marsh lives and works in Los Angeles, and is the chair of the Ceramics Department at California State University Long Beach.

Karen Thuesen Massaro works in porcelain, casting basic geometric forms and covering them with delicate markings. She groups the forms into small-scale sculptures, assembling and combining the glazed and decorated pieces into a single sculpture. The assembled cast elements, covered with pattern and line, provide a visual unification of real and implied space. The unity of the grouping is achieved by the placement of the elements and the attention to the relationship of markings. Karen Thuesen Massaro lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. This is the first time she has participated in an exhibition at the Frank Lloyd Gallery.