mar 9 – apr 21
Larry Wilson exhibits his Spirit Vessels in a curated group show that includes the work of Angelica Casini and Joe Crosier.
Wilson’s series is influenced by his living part of the year in New Mexico and the other part in Florida. Santa Fe is a cultural mix of Native Americans, Angelos and Hispanics, and this series is in response to traditional Native American pottery. “Each pueblo has their own style and the Spirit Vessel forms are my interpretation of the utilitarian pots that were used every day for cooking, transporting water and storing grains and seeds,” he says. Like those of the Native Americans, they are hand built in the traditional coil method. Many of the pieces express the vessel’s actual construction method by allowing the coil lines to show.
“The outside of the vessels are left in the natural state so not to appear as a mimic of the originals,” says Wilson. He has added found driftwood handles as a nod to his Florida roots, and bound them with rawhide lacing in its most natural state as a way of honoring America’s original people.
“I have often found myself longing for a sense of ethnicity and this is a way of me honoring those I consider the ‘true Americans,’” says Wilson.
Reception, March 9. The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, 290-0614.