Nathan Prouty: Ceramicist/Stand-up comedian who doesn't want the attention

Sammiches: Kyle & His Dagwood, Black & White Giclée Print with color acetate overlay, Commission for Star Gods Press

I am overwhelmed.

The incessant input of stimulation - ideas, conversations, revelations, objects, sounds, images, and reflections - are often too much to bear. Systems of understanding and history are dragged from one person, one family, one culture, to the next; prejudices, traditions, and values hitched along for the long journey forward in time. We cling to ourselves often to the exclusion of true logic, collective progress, or common sense, resisting anything that even hints at a risk to our sense of self. Distilled from years of cultural memory in all its various forms, the modern human condition is just plain nuts. The accompanying ideas of conflict, angst, optimism, desire, frustration, longing, fury, loss, and potential-but-thwarted humanistic development are my obsessions and baggage.

Dooser
White earthenware, underglaze, wood, paint, plexiglass, mixed media

My current work is an attempt to harness the power and anxiety of these uncertainties from behind a self-defensive position of the dumb and frivolous. Packaged in slick, colorful, concentrated bundles nodding to both the knick-knack and the souvenir, I attempt to both mask and reveal my unease with the world and culture around me from behind a disarming disguise of foolishness. Instantly read as odd, funny, weird, or goofy, I think of my work as the punch line delivered before the set-up. In working backwards towards discovering the actual joke, confusion, uncertainty, and disorientation take hold -- if only for a brief instant -- and the darker things bubble up and momentarily gain prominence.

Tears, Fears, & Rears

Ceramic, underglaze, silken cord

Through humor, one is able to linger just a bit longer in what would otherwise be dangerous territory. When wading in these murky waters without such a protective layer, I feel that I have overstayed my welcome. In order to cope, I bundle and combine stuff, associations, and histories into surreptitious tableaus that seek to undermine one’s self-assured understanding of identity and experience. Ultimately, I am a stand-up comedian who doesn't want the attention.

- Nathan Prouty

Laringoo
White earthenware, underglaze, embossing powder, wood, paint, plexiglass, mixed media

Source: http://www.nathanprouty.com/

Views: 136

Tags: Nathan, ProutyStand-up, attention, ceramics, comedian, craft, crafthaus, humor

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

A Midsummer Day's Dream

Amber O’Harrow 

www.daisyspider.net

Iowa Blue: The Urbane Chicken

5’2” x 3’ x 6’4”

Cast Aluminum

A Midsummer Day's Dream - crafthaus online exhibition

Curated by Marie and Glen Guarino.

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Joanna Gollberg: Collected An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry VELVET DA VINCI September 3 – 28, 2014 Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8pm San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Joanna…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD Course A two day conservation course DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2014 - 7 OCTOBER 2014 For further details about NHIG CPD courses please click here. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and,…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"RUBERG Our 'Cuboid' collection is now available at the beautiful jewellery boutique Ruberg. As part of the Islington Design District, Ruberg will be taking part in London Design Festival this September. Alongside the designs of Kamilla…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ROCK VAULT Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent. We are so pleased to have been selected…"
5 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Flavour of the month Henrietta Fernandez - jewellery http://jam-eton.co.uk/makers/henrietta-fernandez.html Henrietta Fernandez creates contemporary jewellery inspired by her love of floral pattern, graphic shapes, colour and simple form. Henrietta…"
5 hours ago
The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Back in the Workshop

After the travels and entertaining of the summer, I am back to a very autumnal Glasgow and my new students. As the dust settles on the new term, it has been good to be able to grab some time in the workshop to actually make something. This time, inspired by one of my contacts on Flickr, "Metalsmithery", I decided to dig out some old pen-nibs which I had bought many years ago from…See More
8 hours ago
Peters Valley School of Craft posted a blog post

Enameling in the Round with Harlan W. Butt

The Fine Metals Studio was thrilled to have Harlan W. Butt on campus for "Enameling in the Round" ~ stunning work was done! Photo credit to our Fine Metal Artist Fellow Kristal! And we hope that Nicolette ~ Crafthaus Scholarship recipient enjoyed her time at Peters Valley School of Craft!…See More
8 hours ago
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Glen Guarino's group
Thumbnail

A Midsummer Day's Dream

We are delighted to present "A Midsummer Day’s Dream"an online exhibition hosted by Crafthaus.  All artwork is designed and made by the artists.  The lead image is Hanging Planter by Chelsea Fay. Curated by Glen & Marie Guarino See More
9 hours ago
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
9 hours ago
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Nicolette Absil's group
Thumbnail

A New Path: Enameling in the Round

New experiences in enameling, while taking "Enameling in the Round," with Harlan Butt at Peters Valley.See More
9 hours ago
Emilie Pritchard commented on Chihiro Makio's photo
Thumbnail

Dodecahedron Necklace for zapp

"I love your use of geometry."
10 hours ago
Profile IconSherry Simms and Ausra Bankauskaite joined crafthaus
11 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Birmingham Assay Office news WE’RE HIRING – ARE YOU THE MARKETING COORDINATOR WE ARE LOOKING FOR VACANCY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR - MATERNITY COVER Job Title: …"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Places available! Hand Engraving Six-Week Evening Course Thursday 4th September – Thursday 9th October 2014 Cost: £270 for members of the HEA £300 for non-members Venue: Craft Central, Central London Details: This six-week…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"UCA Farnham's MA and MFA show will be taking place from 26 August to 4 September, with a private view on 4th September. The show will also include some Artist Talks; Artist and Curator Matt Smith will be presenting on Crafting History and Dr…"
yesterday
Ana M. Lopez posted a blog post

Materials Hard & Soft Last Call to Enter

Last chance to enter Materials Hard and Soft. The deadline is September 5th. Please apply! I am the juror this year and am looking forward to seeing a great variety of work.See More
yesterday
Christopher Hardwick shared Brigitte Martin's group on Facebook
Thursday
Christopher Hardwick liked Brigitte Martin's group Co:Operation GARNISH
Thursday
Christopher Hardwick joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making! Arriving at this message is the goal of this exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
Thursday
Melissa Cameron posted a blog post

A couple of group Exhibitions

Tis still the season for coinciding exhibitions!In a few days two exhibitions will open in which I will have on display several of my recycled object works. One is here in the US at Taboo Studio in San Diego, and the other in Italy as a part of the…See More
Wednesday

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service