Project Project is pleased to announce the opening of ROUGH TRADE featuring new works by Lincoln, Nebraska artist Larry Buller. Buller’s ceramic sculptures live some place in time between the present day and an alternate, super-gay past. These highly ornate, china-hutch-ready objects are a fetishization of the forms of specific fetish objects. His work tickles as much as it disarms as it helps to confront statements that end with “...just not in my home.” Please join us in celebrating Larry and his work on Friday, April 13 from 6-10 pm. As always, Project Project openings are free and open to the public.
Project Project is organized by Joel Damon and Josh Powell
From the artist:
Larry Buller creates ceramic artwork that at first glance appear to be highly decorative objects that may be at home in a domestic setting. However, upon closer inspection his work is imbued with a more subversive and sinister content that takes its inspiration from fetish objects, bondage and the phallic. Ceramics is the perfect vehicle for this type of expression due to it's humble craft origins and domestic connotation. Larry takes inspiration from the type of highly prized and heavily ornamented ceramics often found tucked away in Grandma's china cabinet.
Larry's work relies heavily on slip casting into plaster molds. Once fired and glazed he adds embellishments such as gold luster, fur, glitter and fake gemstones to "queer up" the work. His purpose in doing so is to question the notion of what might be considered "good taste" for the home. This line of inquire is intended as a metaphor for his life as an out gay man who often does not conform to societal "norms."
Larry creates work that highlights the dichotomy between function and non-function, vulgar and tasteful and chaste and sensual. He invites the viewer to delight in the highly decorative nature of his work while questioning previously held beliefs regarding the nature of sexual expression and the role that ceramics can play as change agent in society.