Ilene Ferber to join Zoho Gallery
By Bruce Janklow
The Zoho Gallery, which has been showcasing the work of some of San Miguel’s finest artists for more than a decade, has invited ceramicist Ilene Ferber to become a member of the gallery as of April 1, 2014.Art Ilene Ferber to join Zoho Gallery Within the Art Walk at Fábrica La Aurora Fri, Apr 4, 5-7pm Zoho Gallery Fábrica la Aurora Free admission
Ilene Ferber will join painters Mike Kleimo, Mary Breneman and Richard Trumball and fellow ceramic artists Edna Dickinson and Ellen Johnson. Her addition to the gallery will further cement Zoho’s reputation as a premier destination in San Miguel to view and purchase innovative ceramic art. Ferber, Dickinson and Johnson all work at the Clay Arts Studio in Guadiana and each in their own original and inventive way explores the unlimited possibilities of working in clay.
Ferber’s work has a strong natural organic quality and takes inspiration from forms in nature such as rocks, roots, shells, driftwood, ruins and fossils, all of which she enjoys collecting.
The genre of her work is sculptural. Some pieces are unique totem-like forms that suggest the skeletal frameworks found in nature. Others use the shape of vessels as a starting point, drawing upon her years of experience as a functional potter. Ferber’s art, which is deceptive in its simplicity, explores the essential and underlying essence of structure and form. The patterns that are formed as light and shadow play across the ridges, ribs and cornices, enhancing the viewer’s experience as they move about the pieces.
Ferber succeeds in her goal of bringing authenticity and individuality to each piece she creates and feels strongly that original art has an important obligation to create a counterpoint to the homogenization of the mass-produced world around us.