Land Art: David Shaner
Land Art: David Shaner, on view at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon March 10-August 7, 2010.

What is the relationship between craft and the Land Art Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s? While Robert Smithson’s monumental Spiral Jetty (1970) is an example of a heroic and gestural conceptual work in a remote location, David Shaner’s work from the early 1960s through the 1990s reveals a concurrent, domestically-scaled yet quietly sensual relationship between art and the landscape of the American West. Through works drawn from the artist’s estate and the Museum’s collection, along with photographs and personal notes taken by the artist, the exhibition reveals how broader cultural interests in conceptual art and the land, ecology and materiality are explored through an artist known as a “potter’s potter.”

Following the Rhythms of Life: The Ceramic Art of David Shaner, written by Peter Held, Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University is available for purchase in The Gallery.

Special thanks to Peter Held, Ann Shaner, Catherine and Mike Gilbert, and Mike Welsh for their assistance in organizing this exhibition.

Photos by Katherine Bovee and Jake Stangel.
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