Space Bear 1 is part of a new menagerie of ceramic animal sculptures that have landed. Fun, celebratory works at the intersection of contemporary art, history and pop culture. Fall in love with these invented characters. Want a pair? Space Bear 1 and Space Bear 2 go two by two.
"This fall 2020 series serve as icons for unrelenting hope, creativity in the face of adversity and faith in humanity. The figures draw from historical objects like wide eyed Mayan jaguar figures and the mohawked war ponies of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The figures also serve as historical markers from the great American tradition of hand drawn animation that ushered in the new era of motorized vehicles and massive television consumption. These icons were created using the Neolithic technique of a “press mold” to start–this is a time saving assist to the artist which historically has allowed a larger portion of a society to purchase and live with artworks." ~ Austyn Taylor
Space Bear continues Austyn's exploration of gloop, a glaze technique she experimented with in her Guardian Duck sculpture, inspired by 1970s funk ceramicists Ken Price and Ron Nagel.