An exhibition of new work by Xavier Toubes presents “piles of melting forms and dripping colors.”
An exhibition of new work by Xavier Toubes presents “piles of melting forms and dripping colors.”
November 30

18th-century Flavor with a Postmodern Aftertaste

On November 20 Newcity’s Chris Miller recommended an exhibition of ceramics by SAIC professor Xavier Toubes (Chair, Ceramics) at Perimeter Gallery.  Miller argues the Spanish-born artist’s primary and metallic colored figures retain a “European elegance” reminiscent of 18th-century sculpture. “If you take one of those complex, rainbow-colored Meissen porcelain centerpieces from the Art Institute and look at it through a funhouse mirror, you would get some idea of his work,” he says. Miller further compares Toubes’s “melting forms and dripping colors” to “an extravagant concoction of Italian gelato,” but cautions viewers against ingesting the work. “I’m not sure you would want to put his pieces on the dining-room table anyway. They’re just a little too haunted and intense, and though just as extravagant as the imperial 18th century, there’s that sour postmodern aftertaste suggesting that something has gone terribly wrong, and our lives, though opulent and sensual, are just a big ‘ol mess.”  The exhibition runs though December 31.