SHAPIRO Jeff, ceramics, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 2012

Perspective, Context, and Relativity

« I look with the intent of perceiving the artistic elements of what I am viewing rather than the intellectual dissection of information. To that end, I want to be moved and inspired, and respond to the potential of experiences I encounter.
I approach the process of making as a creative process giving myself the freedom to improvise, or run with an idea and see where it takes me, to keep the work alive and evolving. If I do not approach my work in this way, then the work stagnates and will precipitate the beginning of the end, which leads to a slow artistic death.
I am interested in making my own work more fluid. This may be the result of softer clay, or more spontaneous forming techniques: less attention spent on technical perfection and more time spent on understanding the ‘wholistic’ approach to concept, material and process. I want to create in a place of ‘abandonment’.
In the wood fire genre, the romanticism of the firing effects often dictates or overshadows the other aspects of the work. But actually, the material and forming process, as well as surface color and texture must be compatible. The firing alone cannot make up for weaknesses that may exist in either the clay character or forming process.
I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of Nature; a sense that perfection and symmetry as we know it is but one form of beauty, but in actuality, beauty exists. It is for us to behold, discover and expand our vision to appreciate a beauty that exists outside of a predetermined western perception.
A torn leaf… a crack in a cement wall… a twisted branch…a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky, all have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process.

Jeff Shapiro

Biography

1949
Born in Bronx, New York

1972 - 1980
Work/Study in Japan

1981
Built and set up kiln site with Anagama kiln, Accord, NY

Present
Living in Upstate New York with his wife Hinako

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Public collections

Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy
Sèvres Museum of Ceramics, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, USA
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, USA
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, USA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, USA
Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA, USA
Currier Museum, Manchester, NH, USA
Boca Raton Contemporary Art Museum, Boca Raton, FL, USA
Arkansas Art Center and The Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AK, USA
Kajima International, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Mary Burke Collection of Art, New York, NY, USA
The Longhouse Foundation, Easthampton, NY, USA
University Art Collection, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY, USA

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Selected exhibitions

2015
Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY   Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA   Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
2014   PS 209 Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY. 3 person exhibition with Martin Puryear and   Christopher Kurtz   Oxford Ceramic Gallery, Oxford, England   Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA   Saint-Sulpice Ceramic Fair, Paris, France
2013   Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan with Claude Champy and Tsujimura Shiro   Galleria Comunale D’ Arte, Faenza, Italy   Saint Sulpice Ceramic Fair, Paris, France
2012   Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA   Capazza Gallery, Nancay, France   Golden Bridge Pottery Gallery, Pondicherry, India
2011   S.O.F.A. NY, Lacoste Gallery   Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   
2010   Tenmaya Gallery, Okayama Japan   Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany: 2 person exhibition with Living National   Treasure Isezaki Jun   Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA   Kleinart Gallery, Woodstock, NY   Yanagi Gallery, NYC, NY 3 person exhibition with Claude Champy and Tsujimura Shiro
2009   Aberystwyth, Wales
2008   Shino exhibition, Girossen, France   Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany with Uwe Loellmann and Isezaki Jun
2007   Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy   SOFA NY, Lacoste Gallery, New York, NY   Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
2006   Lacoste Gallery, Concord,MA Cross Generational Isezaki lineage   Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA
2003   La Medusa Exhibition, Este, Italy
2002   National School of Art, Canberra, Australia   Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000   Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   Central Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1998   Kuroda Toen Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1997   Tenmaya Department Store Gallery, Okayama, Japan
1996   Matsuzakaya Department Store Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
1995   Takashimaya Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1993   Takashimaya Department Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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