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NEW WORK: the Horizon Suite, 2018

John Beckelman 6.18

Artist Statement: the Horizon Suite

This suite of six works may be thought of as dimensional landscape ‘horizons’. Using the expressive potential of clay and a variety of other materials, the work explores that liminal space where the sky meets the land or the sea. The horizontal sweep of this space is mediated by intimate moments of shifting light, fleeting color and surprising texture.

At the same time, this work attempts to gently entice the viewer into the inner landscapes and interior spaces of our imagination and memory.

The medium is clay (stabilized with oil and acrylic binders) and a variety of mixed materials on wood. The mixed materials include metal, glass, plexiglass, canvass, ceramic tile, brass and steel rod, oil and acrylic paints, prismacolor pencil, powdered pigments, wax, steel cable, fittings and gold leaf.

There is for me a curious intersection between the enduring, seemingly timeless, character of earth (and clay) and the fleeting, yet wonderful, impermanence of phenomena in the world in which we live.

Past Paintings

Past Objects

Objects

Paintings

Older Work

John Beckelman First Light John Beckelman First Light John Beckelman First Light - From Chaos John Beckelman First Light - From Chaos John Beckelman A Quiet Place John Beckelman A Quiet Place John Beckelman Flat Bowl John Beckelman Flat Bowl John Beckelman Black Vessel John Beckelman Black Vessel John Beckelman Exploring Stillness John Beckelman Exploring Stillness John Beckelman Bowl With Green Interior John Beckelman Bowl With Green Interior John Beckelman First Light #2 John Beckelman First Light #2 John Beckelman Four Cups John Beckelman Four Cups John Beckelman Black Bottle John Beckelman Black Bottle John Beckelman Bowl with Black Interior John Beckelman Bowl with Black Interior John Beckelman Flower Rain John Beckelman Flower Rain John Beckelman Arc Vessel John Beckelman Arc Vessel John Beckelman Large Bowl John Beckelman Large Bowl John Beckelman Moment John Beckelman Moment John Beckelman Double Negative Vessel John Beckelman Double Negative Vessel John Beckelman Brown Vessel John Beckelman Brown Vessel John Beckelman Narrow Neck Vase (White) John Beckelman Narrow Neck Vase (White) John Beckelman Narrow Vessel John Beckelman Narrow Vessel John Beckelman Narrow Necked Bottle John Beckelman Narrow Necked Bottle John Beckelman Navigating Silence John Beckelman Navigating Silence John Beckelman Narrow Vessel #2 John Beckelman Narrow Vessel #2 John Beckelman Opening John Beckelman Opening John Beckelman Platter with Blue Edge John Beckelman Platter with Blue Edge John Beckelman Open Vessel John Beckelman Open Vessel John Beckelman Ribbed Vase John Beckelman Ribbed Vase John Beckelman Small Lidded Jar #2 John Beckelman Small Lidded Jar #2 John Beckelman Small Bottle #2 John Beckelman Small Bottle #2 John Beckelman Small Bottle John Beckelman Small Bottle John Beckelman Red Sun-White Moon John Beckelman Red Sun-White Moon John Beckelman Small Lidded Jar John Beckelman Small Lidded Jar John Beckelman Small Vessel (white) John Beckelman Small Vessel (white) John Beckelman Small Vessel (black) John Beckelman Small Vessel (black) John Beckelman Small Square Box John Beckelman Small Square Box John Beckelman Six-Lobed Vessel John Beckelman Six-Lobed Vessel John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid John Beckelman Storage Jar (medium) John Beckelman Storage Jar (medium) John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid #2 John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid #2 John Beckelman Tall Black Necked Bottle John Beckelman Tall Black Necked Bottle John Beckelman Stoneware Bottle John Beckelman Stoneware Bottle John Beckelman Small Black Jar John Beckelman Small Black Jar John Beckelman Storage with Lid (white) John Beckelman Storage with Lid (white) John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid John Beckelman Storage Jar with Lid John Beckelman Tall Black Bottle John Beckelman Tall Black Bottle John Beckelman Tall Brown Bottle John Beckelman Tall Brown Bottle John Beckelman Tall Bottle John Beckelman Tall Bottle John Beckelman The Impermanent John Beckelman The Impermanent John Beckelman Tall Vase John Beckelman Tall Vase John Beckelman Water Region-Four Gates John Beckelman Water Region-Four Gates John Beckelman Water Region-Flower Rain John Beckelman Water Region-Flower Rain John Beckelman Water Region John Beckelman Water Region John Beckelman White Bottle John Beckelman White Bottle John Beckelman Water and Light John Beckelman Water and Light John Beckelman White Vessel John Beckelman White Vessel John Beckelman Wide Necked Bottle John Beckelman Wide Necked Bottle John Beckelman Wide Storage Jar #2 John Beckelman Wide Storage Jar #2 John Beckelman Wide Storage Jar John Beckelman Wide Storage Jar John Beckelman Water Region John Beckelman Water Region

Recent Work

Contact

John Beckelman

John Beckelman lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He maintains a studio at the ‘iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio’ in downtown Cedar Rapids.

jbeckelm@coe.edu