1. Harmony Hammond, Rim Series #2 and Rim Series #6, from Alexander Gray Associates — $5,000 each
The artist Harmony Hammond is an openly queer woman and long-standing feminist who combines gender politics with a post-minimal concern of material. Her pieces are subtly provocative, made up of soft fabrics and hand-made papers (the feminine) pierced with metal grommets (the masculine).
2. Ken Tisa, Boyfriend, from Kate Werble Gallery — $7,000
Ken Tisa’s work is fantastical and playful. I loved the cartoonish characters and cheeky text the artist uses to refer to psychedelic ’70s-era San Francisco, where he lived and worked. Classically trained as a painter, Tisa gives his ceramics a ton of personality, but it was his framed embroideries (read on) that really made my heart sing.
3. Ken Tisa, Swelling Thighs So Friendly, from Kate Werble Gallery — $12,000
Another favorite of mine by Tisa. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Swelling Thighs So Friendly and I might need to get this one for my personal collection.
4. Patrick Jackson, Pistachio Red Rock, from Francois Ghebaly — $5,000
Patrick Jackson’s oversize mugs contain little treasures emerging from glossy resin inside. One mug, painted with little sperm-like characters, had fingers protruding from the interior. The candy red crystals in this one were my favorite. Jackson likes to play with people’s comfortability around augmented mass and quotidian objects.
5. John Beech, Photo-Painting #111, from Peter Blum Gallery — $6,000
John Beech is known for his utilitarian sculptures made with basic building materials like plywood, acrylic sheet, adhesive, screws and house paint. There is a humorous play between the usefulness of the materials and the lack of usefulness in the work of art itself. This piece, featuring a black and white photograph of a dumpster painted over with orange enamel, is reminiscent of Ed Ruscha’s artistic style.
Zachary Leener’s playful ceramics draw equal inspiration from the human figure and mechanical elements. The textures vary from rough grainy clays to smooth reflective glazes. Leener has a delightful knack for composition, effortlessly transitioning from flowing lines into complex networks of shapes.
7. Fausto Molotti, Copetta ceramic bowls from CRG Gallery — $7,500 each
These bowls are super delicate and precious. Molotti employs a complicated firing and glazing process that combines skill and chance. The stunning result gives the bowls their metallic wabi-sabi element.