Research: The Political Surface

How does an object operate when given a political surface? A cup, a plate these forms are certainly not intrusive, cutting edge objects, they are domestic, as old as time. But their making by hand today is a political act, if functional use be upheld, maintained, prioritized. The act of making such a utilitarian, cheap available industrialized object by hand is a rebellion of mass consumption, especially when framed in a capitalist and economic 21st century sort of way and even when tinted with reality of the gift economy or “high” price points.”I make, you use” is a form of direct communication lost on many because it is so rare.

What then when these already rebellious items are painted with direct political activist surfaces?

Here are some examples:

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http://www.kipokrongly.com/Minnesota.html

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For an interesting sidebar check out Jennifer Allen Ceramic’s interview with Kip O’Krongly. But let me ask you this, why are our interviews so autobiographical? Why do we not delve directly into¬†content, like so many other art forms?

http://jenniferallenceramics.com/2014/09/17/kip-okrongly-potter-of-the-month/

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