On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
The energetic, monumental Blue Wall is perhaps the best example of “abstract expressionist ceramics” ever produced. To create this sculpture, Mason built heavy-duty easels, which provided a flat surface for sculpting a multisectioned relief that extended both horizontally and vertically. Mason slammed massive amounts of clay directly onto the easels, imprinting the finished form with the gestural force of its making. The sections were then fired and fitted together on the wall, forming an undulating visual rhythm. Through these processes, Mason created an entirely new genre: ceramic walls.