Jack Earl at Springfield Museum of Art
The ceramic artist Jack Earl is featured in Jack Earl: Modern Master, a retrospective at the Springfield Museum of Art. Earl, who lives and works in Lakeview, Ohio, has produced ceramic works for over fifty years, finding inspiration in pop culture, art history, and his father-in-law, Bill (as seen below in Ohio Smoke Beautiful, 1983).
The retrospective is robust with porcelain portraits, vignettes, and functional works, representing a range of experimentation and ideas, however the most compelling works for me were the series focused on Bill. From the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s website, Jeremy Adamson wrote, “The subjects of Earl’s porcelain sculptures generally are based upon the circumscribed lives and lifestyles of people in his own culturally isolated, small-town world in Ohio. Typically, his ceramic personalities are engaged in humdrum activities in vernacular surroundings.”
Earl has exhibited his works internationally, including in solo and group exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, WI, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, Kansas City Art Institute, Akron Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York. In May 2013, Earl will receive the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio for Individual Artist.