Voulkos drew inspiration from the abstract expressionist painters he met in the early 1950s, translating their energy and philosophy into his clay work and exploding conventional boundaries of art and craft. He is known for bravura demonstrations–as much performance as craft–in which he would attack massive quantities of clay, tearing and gouging at it before firing the resulting forms. Totemic “stacks” like Hole in One evince his raw masculine energy and his embrace of chance–two themes characteristic of his work.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Hole in One
- 43 1⁄2 x 16 1⁄2 in. (110.5 x 41.9 cm) diam.
© 1978, Voulkos Family Trust
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Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin
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