Charles Krafft: Conjugal Visit


This September, Zoya Tommy Gallery opens the Fall Season with Conjugal Visit, an exhibit by Seattle based ceramics artist, Charles Krafft. Having shown three times in the past, we welcome him back on Friday, September 9th, with his first solo-exhibition. The exhibition will consist of new textile work which inspired the name “Conjugal Visit,” made of mug shot photos sewn together.

Artist’s reception: Friday, September 9th from 6pm-8pm

On View: September 9th 2016 to October 8th 2016

Where: Zoya Tommy Gallery: 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004
Charles states, “CONJUGAL VISIT” is the name of a body of work with a prison theme that I prepared last year (2015) for an exhibition in the East End of London. My idea was to commemorate some of the more notorious American and British penitentiaries and their famous inmates on China. Due to juvenile social media shaming at the Not Banksy forum and a spate of obscene phone calls made to the gallery the show was cancelled before it opened and the work never got seen there.”

“Texas is the crown jewel in America’s burgeoning prison industrial complex, so I can think of no better place than Houston to premiere this work plus a selection of newer and seldom seen pieces from my ongoing Porcelain War Museum and Disasterware™ series. Let’s hope the Iron Curtain of social justice sanctimony in the visual arts doesn’t drop again.”His set of textile works, made with the help of his girlfriend Katherine, titled “Aloha Ñetas Shirt”, “Ñetas Dress”, and “Ñetas Bustier” will be on display starting September 9th, 2016.
The artist’s approach to ceramics juxtaposes the traditional techniques and materials of decorative Delft ceramic painting with imagery of socio-political catastrophes.This commentary carries on and can be reflected in his other works, which consist of ironic commemorative plates, plaques, porcelain weapons and ammunition.
Charles Krafft born in 1948, began his artistic career in his hometown of Seattle, Washington as a self-taught painter. He was influenced by four iconic “Northwest School” artists: Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahann and Guy Anderson. He worked for years acquiring regional notoriety and in 1991, joined a women’s China-painting guild, which led him to create and launch his “Disasterware” series.

He has held numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Slovenia as well as being part of group exhibitions in NY, CA, and the 2003 Venice Biennial. Krafft served a residency at the Kohler Company, during which he developed a technique utilizing human bone in ceramics which he termed “Spone,” after the English potter Josiah Spode. His ability to cross boundaries with such finesse through his art also earned him a spot in the 2009 edition of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. His work is in the MFAH collection in Houston.
Opening: Friday, September 9th from 6-8pm

Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 9th from 6pm-8pm

On View: September 9th 2016 to October 8th 2016

Where: Zoya Tommy Gallery 4102 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77004