RESPECT :: The Work of Liam Drain
Liam Drain is both a good comrade of ours, and a ceramicist making some truly exceptional work. Of a particular interest over here is the way that he weaves the threads of two studies: pattern and form, together. The forms most often lean towards the platonic, or better said, begin with the platonic… as a group of hollow solids gathering, then climbing atop one another with a totemic zeal. In their bare state his pieces stand provocatively enough to make us want to shout, “Hooray for Form!”
… And this is where the pattern comes in. Into these forms patterns, graphics & thoughts are etched in the round, using a Laser Cutter/Engraver.1 In his hands, the common result is a mind-bender / time-stretcher quality of object. It’s also an invigorating example of one of the oldest arts being brought forward with exceptionally new technique.
Whatever the name, Deep Respect, Liam.
Keep on pushing that torch forward.