Since the early 1950s, John Mason has pushed the technological and aesthetic boundaries of ceramics, a field more often associated with domestic vessels and tiles than with the type of totemic, abstract sculptures and complex wall works on view in the 2014 Biennial. Although Mason’s first works were produced during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, their polished yet rugged finish and balance of raw energy with mathematical precision lend his pieces a mesmerizing and mysterious effect that is wholly unique. Throughout his career, every new project has presented a demanding technological problem, often inspiring the invention of new ceramic fabrication and firing techniques. Mason’s recent sculptures included in the Biennial represent the result of more than sixty years of perfecting his original techniques and formal motifs.
John Mason’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace