"Peach Pit" (Light) by Josh Callaghan
Josh Callaghan (b. 1969 Doylestown, PA) holds an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has had solo exhibitions at Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; and Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich; Group exhibitions include Current LA: Water, Public Art Biennale, Los Angeles, CA; After Effect, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Made in Space, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY and Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Bienal Del Sur en Panama, Panama City, Panama; and Frieze Sculpture Park, Frieze New York.
These pieces are excerpts from The Nut Cycle, an ongoing project by the artist to examine walnuts and other natural forms in sculpture. On view are a series of oversized ceramic peach pits. Referencing in scale the size of a human baby, these sculptures present an allegory for artistic creation as a version of parenthood. As the seeds of the fruit, the pit contains all the potential energy for rebirth. They also illustrate an artistic lineage between Callaghan and his father Mike Callaghan, a master ceramicist whose biomorphic forms are alluded to in the artfully rendered ridges of the pits’ surfaces. Magnifying his humble inspiration, Callaghan provides a new way of considering the complexity and strangeness of something most throw away without a thought.
10 1/2" Length x 5" tall approximately
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