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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