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Ecology Krater II (Out Biking with Aunt Samantha)

1976 Michael Frimkess Born: Los Angeles, California 1937 wheel-thrown and painted stoneware 26 1/4 x 26 x 19 1/2 in. (66.8 x 65.9 x 49.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1998.6 Not currently on view


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Michael Frimkess combines the Greek krater with contemporary subject matter in Ecology Krater II (Out Biking with Aunt Samantha). In the 1960s, Frimkess created a fictitious character, Uncle Sam, who was a Mormon with three wives and two sisters, one of whom was “Aunt Samantha.” Encircling the body of the krater are two bicycles built for four, carrying riders of different ages. On the neck of the pot are images of endangered animals. Frimkess calls his pottery “ethnic melting pots,” making a pun on the diverse neighborhood in East Los Angeles, where he grew up.

Keywords

Animal

Architecture - vehicle - bicycle

Figure group

Portrait female - unidentified - Samantha

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - stoneware

About Michael Frimkess

Born: Los Angeles, California 1937