Vessels for Leaky Condos
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26, 2016, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through April 2, 2016.
Art Palace presents Vessels for Leaky Condos, a solo exhibition of sculptures by Charlie Satterlee. The Vessels are rooted in the tradition of studio ceramics although their functionality is undermined by the addition of commercial building materials such as cast concrete and polyurethane foam. In Amethyst or Actavis, a fractured piece of under-fired porcelain supports a form of cast concrete, from which a neck of unglazed stoneware protrudes. While both ceramic remnants quote a utilitarian vessel, the concrete removes all practicality. The exhibition takes its name from the Leaky Condo Crisis, an ongoing disaster in which thousands of condominium buildings along the Pacific Coast have accrued billions of dollars in water damage due to inappropriate construction and design decisions. Satterlee’s work references the negligence of the Crisis while poking holes in conventional studio ceramics.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Ashlyn Behrndt. Vessels for Leaky Condos will run concurrently with Satterlee’s exhibition Recent Work at the Menil Bookstore, opening Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Charlie Satterlee’s work has previously been exhibited throughout British Columbia. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC). Satterlee is a former editor of the art & writing journal SETUP, and a founding editor of a series of free pamphlets called The Bartleby Review. He currently lives and works in Houston, TX.