Connie Norman
Connie Norman

Jonathan Kaplan – Plinth Gallery Artist – Modern Moche

First Friday Opening  December 3rd, 6-9pm at Plinth Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Exhibition on display through January 29, 2011

Reception with the Artist

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In December, Plinth Gallery proudly exhibits new ceramic work by artist Jonathan Kaplan in the show “Modern Moche”. 

Jonathan Kaplan newest work can be seen in the show “Modern Moche”. Glimpses of this work have been previously shown at the Foothills Art Center “Colorado Clay” exhibition, The Art Students League of Denver, as well as other exhibitions in Colorado, Nevada, Texas and California. Now, the entire collection, including new pieces and new glaze surfaces, will be on display at Plinth. 

The Moche (pronounced “Mo’-chie”) culture flourished on the northwest coast of Peru between 100AD-800AD. Their style of pottery-making often used both animal and human forms on vessels and included a distinctive  “stirrup spout”, serving as both handle and pouring spout. Moche ceramics became easily recognizable by this signature feature. Kaplan uses the stirrup spout in this current body of work appropriately called Nouveau, (or New) Moche.

Kaplan, who has mastered the ceramic slip cast process, duplicates items such as children’s toys, corrugated tubes or found objects, which he assembles into highly structured vertical sculptures.  The distinctive stirrup spout provides both a cultural and historical perspective and the use of stylized animal forms imparts a subtle sense of humor to this body of work.

Jonathan did a interview with me this past  February, make the jump to read it. 

It’s been almost a year that I have been working with Jonathan at Plinth Gallery. He has introduced me to so many impressive artists in the ceramic field.  I am grateful that he has helped me to interview so many incredible artists on my blog.  Thank you Jonathan heres to another great year!!  And I’m really looking forward to my show at Plinth in May.

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3 Responses to “Jonathan Kaplan – Plinth Gallery Artist – Modern Moche”

  1. jim Says:

    beautiful pieces jonathan.

  2. Linda Starr Says:

    What a cool take on that ancient moche style. Thanks for the great interviews Connie.

  3. Connie Says:

    Hi Linda
    Thanks for reading!!