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Sprayed and Glazed Ceramics
by Maxwell Mustardo, USA

 

It is easy to be seduced by the graphic and classical imagery of Maxwell’s work, but to stop there would be to do yourself a disservice. The underlying theme of the artists work is not obvious, but the interplay of form and surface is foundational. The artist’s “standard” form, the toroid (a donut-like shape), is ideal as a vehicle for observing surface, as in any given position it reveals gradations of lighting effects. With the toroid providing a baseline, manipulated classical forms add a layer of complexity to the form-surface dynamic.

Maxwell clearly revels in playfully transforming iconic forms, in particular the amphora. Throughout history and across cultures, the vessel has stoon as a metaphor for the human body. The classical handled amphora of the Greco-Roman tradition, courtesy of its akimbo-like handles, is perhaps the most quintessentially anthropomorphic. Poking and prodding to push tradition to excess, Maxwell swells the proportions to a cartoonish and pudgy scale and affords the handles subtly lively positions. The dichotomy of surface-form is deepened by the metaphorical reading; sometimes quite literally, the surface of Maxwell’s amphora displays a skin-like quality in their glazing, or as clothing with the colorful sprayed rubber coatings. It is no accident that Maxwell often creates and presents his amphorae in groupings of several; they are more than a anthropomorphic, they are socio-morphic, representing individuals within a society. One can enjoy Maxwell’s work on a technical and formally aesthetic level, as he invites us to with the toroids, or on multiple levels of sociological and cultural commentary from body, identity, fashion

 

 

Inventory #1409
Blue & White Bud Vases, 2020
glazed porcelain and lead-based enamel.
Tallest 28.5cm.H x 8.5D / 11.25in.H x 3.25D
Price: $2,250

Inventory #1785
Purple Anthropophora, 2021
glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.
31cm.H x 20W x 17D / 12.25in.H x 8W x 6.75D
Price: $1,800

Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Papulae Amphorae, 2021
glazed stoneware.
Price: $2500 each

Left, Inventory #1792
38.5cm.H x 18.5W x 19.5D / 15in.H x 7.25W x 7.75D

Center, Inventory #1790
51cm.H x 15.5W x 14.5D / 20in.H x 6W x 5.75D

Right, Inventory #1788
32cm.H x 28.5W x 25D / 12.5in.H x 11.25W x 9.75D

Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.

Left, Inventory #1881
Orange & Pink Anthropophora, 2021
39cm.H x 23W x 20.2D / 15.25in.H x 9W x 8D
Price: $3,200

Center, SOLD

Right, Inventory #1880
Orange & Pink Anthropophora, 2021
34.5cm.H x 22.2W x 20.5D / 13.5in.H x 8.75W x 8D
Price: $2,900

 

Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.

Left, Dark & Light Blue Anthropophora, 2021
35cm.H x 20.5W x 20D / 13.75in.H x 8W x 7.75D
Price: $2,700

Right, Inventory #1804
Dark Blurple Anthropophora, 2021
37.5cm.H x 19W x 17.5D / 14.75in.H x 7.5W x 7D
Price: $2,900

 

Inventory #1882
Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Green & Orange Anthropophora, 2021
Glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.
37cm.H x 29W x 28D / 14.5in.H x 11.5W x 11D
Price: $3,600

Inventory #1890
Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Purple & Gold Anthropophora, 2021
Glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.
45cm.H x 34.5W x 33D / 17.75in.H x 13.5W x 13D
Price: $4,500

Maxwell Mustardo, USA
Glazed stoneware, PVC rubber coating.

Left, Inventory #1924
Green-Blue Chameleon Anthropophora, 2021
54.8cm.H x 27.2W x 23D / 21.5in.H x 10.75W x 9D
Price: $4,200

Right, Inventory #1923
Green-Blue Chameleon Anthropophora, 2021
36.5cm.H x 25W x 21D / 14.25in.H x 9.75W x 8.25D
Price: $2900