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Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey & Tony Natsoulas
This exhibition brings together two giants of California Bay Area ceramics.
Satire, humor, and irreverence are hallmarks of both Bailey and Natsoulas’ art. Their work is part of a strong tradition of California figurative art, born out of Californian Pop art and often referred to as “Funk art.” Funk’s unrefined, irreverent, unorthodox, conceptual aesthetic and sometimes pointed critique reveals its Dada lineage and homegrown California assemblage tradition. Bailey is considered an originator of California Funk art, and Natsoulas’ work descends from the movement.
This exhibition is also a mini-retrospective honoring Clayton Bailey, who passed away in 2020 in Port Costa, California. A significant number of Bailey’s robot sculptures are included in the exhibition. The robots are reincarnated from discarded bicycle and automobile parts, kitchen appliances, and other scrap metal parts. Also included are important abstract and fantastical figurative ceramics, some hailing from the legendary “Wonders of the World Museum.”
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, February 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
5-6:00 p.m. – Patrons’ Hour
6-7:30 p.m. – Members and General Public
Free for SVMA members, and $10 for non-members.
Pre-registration & masks are required to attend this event.