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Review: After a 10-year absence, Tony Marsh is back with a show of immersive, volcanic beauty

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Tony Marsh, the highly stationary engine of the remarkable ceramics program on Cal State Long Beach, is a distinct and passionate voice in the world of clay. He has received wide recognition for his work in the studio and classroom, but 10 years have passed since he had a solo show in LA. , updated.

Marsh is best known for its perforated vessels filled with objects distilled into archetypal simplicity: spheres, bones, rings, rods, pods. Content and packaging have matching hides of eggshell glazed stoneware, regularly interrupted with small holes. Elegant and delicate, the sculptures seem almost weightless, their permeable membranes formed from air as much as clay.

While those perforated works from the 1990s to the 2000s are tangible objects that pass as a lyrical suggestion, the new pieces show off their physical character with conviction. Each piece is a basic cylindrical barrel, 13 to 19 inches high, with more or less straight walls, thick and impenetrable. The grace and restraint of the perforated vessels have disappeared. These pieces have been unleashed, primal.

One is lava black everywhere, the outside is teeming with bulged bulges and extrusions, the inside walls are cracked and veined. Another is a ghostly blue-black inside, the bowl is littered with an assortment of fused clay chips, the outside surface a bright gold. One piece has a glossy, milky aqua petaled fur; another a volcanic crust in all shades of heat.

Tony Marsh installation in the Pip in Glendale.

(Jeff McLane / From Tony Marsh and the Pit
)

Tony Marsh's new works without a title that can be seen in the Pit in Glendale are baked clay and ceramic barrels with a rough beauty.

Tony Marsh's new works without a title that can be seen in the Pit in Glendale are baked clay and ceramic barrels with a rough beauty.

(Jeff McLane / From Tony Marsh and the Pit)

Marsh is fearless in his explorations of texture and color and applies several glazes and mineral coatings. He submits each piece to countless fires, allowing chemistry and coincidence to do it time and time again.

He calls these recent works & # 39; Crucibles & # 39; and & # 39; Cauldrons & # 39 ;, after functional transformation instruments, vessels designed for fire and for catalyzing change. Each title carries an appropriate metaphorical charge in addition to the descriptive charge: a melting pot is a rigorous test, just as these works are tests, under harsh conditions; and a kettle represents an unstable, boisterous situation, again no different than what these pieces stand for in the oven, which Marsh generates while making it.

The materiality of these ships is fascinating. What they do share with Marsh's earlier work is a kind of reduction to essence and an exciting beauty, this time rough rather than refined, improvising instead of carefully arranged. Each "Crucible" and "Cauldron" is a unique topography, earth inexhaustibly reinvented as earth.

Tony Marsh

True: The Pit, 918 Ruberta Ave., Glendale

When: Tuesday-Saturday until December 14

info: (747) 273-8240, www.the-pit.la

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