The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Scottish born ceramist Jennifer Lee. Composed of fourteen exquisitely crafted ceramic vessels, the show features Jennifer Lee's quiet, balanced and organic work. Lee's pots are formed by a timeless and painstaking method of hand-building. Her pottery is carefully colored with oxides, so that the interior and exterior of the vessel are equivalent. Each piece projects a purity of form and clarity of purpose.
Writing about Lee's work in a recent publication, Alun Graves of the Victoria and Albert Museum noted: "Lee's pots have frequently and not unreasonably been compared to landscape, their tilted horizontal striations appearing like geological strata. Yet unlike some of the freer branches of organic sculpture, these are clearly not objects formed by natural processes, brought into being through the chance accumulation and manipulation of earth and rock. For the viewer who knew nothing of their age and origins, their status as human artifacts would be immediately apparent."
This Los Angeles presentation follows an important exhibit in Tokyo. The Issey Miyake Foundation in Tokyo, 21_21 Design Sight, currently hosts an exhibition that features 100 works by 3 different artists. Their show gives visitors "a taste of the limitless universe of U-Tsu-Wa (vessels)." Organized by Issey Mikaye, the presentation is designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It is scheduled for February 13 to March 10, 2009. There are three artists included in U-Tsu-Wa: Lucie Rie, Jennifer Lee, and Ernst Gamperi.
Jennifer Lee was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1956. She lives and works in London. Jennifer Lee has had retrospective exhibitions of her work at the Rohsska Musset in Goteborg and Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery. Her work is represented in major public collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she exhibited in Clay into Art, 1999. She is also represented in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and her work was included in the traveling exhibition Color and Fire, 2000.