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Harold Wortsman
"THE CIRCUS MAN'S DREAM", sculpture, fired clay, relief, abstract, contemporary

2019

$3,500

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THE CIRCUS MAN'S DREAM, a ceramic relief sculpture of high-fired clay pigmented with oxides, is a work by artist Harold Wortsman. The relief is ready to be mounted on the wall. Note the artist's hand in the surface mark-making – cuts, lines and rough pushes into the clay, the colors black, silver and copper in a playful though ambitious arrangement – it is characteristic of Wortsman's practice – warm, contemporary, uniquely crafted, yet speaks to ancient, tribal traditions of art-making that cross cultures and histories. Highly attuned to the art of Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia, his forms are organic abstracts with masculine and feminine attributes that resonate together as a pleasing enigma. They make sense immediately, yet never give up all their secrets. THE CIRCUS MAN'S DREAM was reproduced in "An Interview with Harold Wortsman: A Sculptor in Clay" by Jonathan Goodman, Tussle Magazine, July 2019. From Harold Wortsman – "With sculpture, my material of choice is high-fired clay. Pieces are first low-fired in an electric kiln. I do not use glazes. Instead, I use oxides applied to the bisqued (low-fired) clay. As with a tattoo, oxides permit the surface underneath to breathe—like naked skin. The work is then high-fired in a gas kiln with double reduction to cone 10. The final temperature is 2,300 degrees F. At a certain point, oxygen intake is reduced to the kiln. Because the fire has reached a critical mass, it needs oxygen and chemically takes it from the clay and the oxides painted on. Like a jazz improvisation, each kiln load comes out slightly different." From Jonathan Goodman, Poet & Art Critic – "Wortsman re-examines ancient and modern traditions in light of what it means to make art." – Tussle Magazine, July 2019. Harold Wortsman is a sculptor and printmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He “creates forms that bring to mind archaic cult objects and exude a quiet concentrated strength.” (Argauer Zeitung, Switzerland). His work, an edgy mix of freedom and clarity, can be found in public and private collections in the US, including The Library of Congress, Yale University, The New York Public Library Print Collection, The New York Historical Society, Smith College, Indiana University’s Lilly Library, Brandeis University, The Newark Public Library Special Collections Division, and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Print Archive. Also in private and public collections in Europe, including the Municipal Collection of the City of Brugg, Switzerland. Harold studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, with sculptor George Spaventa and painter George McNeil. At Brandeis University, Boston MA, Harold received his BA Fine Arts, Honors in Sculpture Phi Beta Kappa, Magnum Cum Laude, studying with sculptor Peter Grippe and William Seitz, the late curator at MoMA, NY.

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