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Navajo artist's ceramic on display at University of Oklahoma

“Dark Light” features works by Christine Nofchissey McHorse of Santa Fe, N.M., at the University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: September 29, 2013
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/articleid/3887591/1/pictures/2223855">Photo - "Nautilus," a sculpture by Navao artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse, is one of the works on display in "Dark Light" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. PHOTO PROVIDED. <strong>Photographer: Addison Doty</strong>
"Nautilus," a sculpture by Navao artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse, is one of the works on display in "Dark Light" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. PHOTO PROVIDED. Photographer: Addison Doty

Somewhat similar is the handle-like protuberance which seems to turn back on itself, entering an aperture in a dark 2010 vessel, which she calls “Inversion.”

A multifaceted, screw-like “Spiral” opening at the top adds greatly to the visual interest of McHorse's handsome, sculpturally powerful 2005 black pot of that title.

A curled spiral creates a kind of “head” on the top of an ornate, double-walled, vessel-within-a-vessel shape that evokes some of the baffling complexity and richness of modern life in her “Spontaneous Combustion” of 2011.

Somewhat analogous is the impact of “Multiplicity,” a 2010 pot in which round, roughly textured shapes appear to sprout from the top part of a deliberately irregular vessel.

Organized by the Ceramic Arts Foundation in New York, and curated by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, the show also contains a group of McHorse's black-and-white sketches and designs for ceramic creations.

The one-woman exhibit, her first traveling show, is highly recommended, during its run through Jan. 12, 2014, in a first-floor gallery space at the OU museum.

— John Brandenburg


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