Image courtesy of the artist.
John Balistreri: By and Large
May 2 – August 16, 2014
Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
By and Large includes John Balistreri's newest large-scale ceramic sculptures that were created over a 2 ½ year period at the Jun Kaneko studio in Omaha, NE. Totemic, monumental, fluid in form and color, his new body of work is an amalgamation of what he considers the most visually interesting characteristics of his previous work.
The exhibition also includes works on paper and canvas. These paintings and drawings represent a wide aesthetic range and phases of the process Balistreri used to create the ceramic sculptures in the exhibition. He describes some of the drawings as the alter ego to his large clay work--expressive, energetic, and spontaneous in ways the large methodical and time-consuming clay work, is not