DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Claudi CASANOVAS | Llosa de Leku

Spain 1956
Llosa de Leku
Pedres Blanques (White Stones) series 2003
porcelain with felspar and volcanic grit
Porcelain powder is mixed with feldspar or volcanic grit - the mix is pressed into wooden crates and frozen to -30 °c . The frozen clay is broken into a predetermined shape - finding the most interesting cracks and forms. During thawing the clay is supported in a plaster cast, when dry it is fired to 1300 °c. Once fired, the solid pieces weigh up to 100 kg and measure up to 67 cm high. Most are sculpted with a hammer or chisel - as if they were stone.
34.0 (h) x 88.0 (w) x 65.0 (d) cm
Gift of Raphy Star.
NGA 2005.591
Photographer: Cece Arimany

Claudi Casanovas’s powerful and uncompromising works evoke the texture and landform of his native Catalonia, their massive forms suggesting archaeological fragments of ancient structures, such as cisterns and foundations. While the archaeological character of his works reveals a debt to the stonemason’s art of analysis and cutting of material, they are also raw with references to the unique properties of clay when it is subjected to fire. Casanovas’s technique is to freeze the porcelain clay before shattering it to form blocks from which he develops dense, massed forms. Following the firing process, he further sculpts these forms with a hammer and chisel to achieve highly textured and eroded surfaces that are animated with light and focus on the elemental properties of clay and fire.

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