July 1 through August 7, 2009
at Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC
Service Every Day (Dish Queen) features eighteenth century Sèvres (French) porcelain plates and bowls decorated in the service ordinaire pattern (random sprays of flowers on a white ground, often with a thin royal blue line rimming the edge). The porcelain is used as a “drawing” element to activate both spaces of the gallery. Plates hung high around the ceiling’s perimeter will interplay with the main exhibition and continue into the office. Here, displayed among these well-preserved antique examples is Dish Queen, a piece of “conceptual porcelain," a Plexiglas box containing shattered remnants of 18th, 19th and 20th century porcelain with a detailed list of contents. The transition from an historical to a contemporary context imparts these artifacts with new life, affirming them as both historical record and sculpture.