Extensive chunks of glaze and smooth, speckled drops flow out Brian Rocheforts chunky ceramic sculptures. The Los Angeles-based artist continues his signature abstract style in a more recent series of paint cans and oozing jars, many of which resemble the crusty remains of volcanic eruptions. Rochefort builds each piece from a combination of clay, glaze and glass fragments through several rounds of firing in the kiln. The final assemblages are literally overflowing with speckles, sticky lumps, and delicately cracked specks, all layered in a kaleidoscope of color and texture.
In a note to Colossal, the artist describes his process as multifaceted with a myriad of influences ranging from visual to intellectual to historical. The most important ones, however, come from trips and experiences outside of his studio or gallery space. “My work arises from numerous trips to remote areas of Latin America and Africa such as the Bolivian Amazon, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. I see myself as an authentic abstract artist and it is important to experience these environments personally, ”he says.
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