When I was in Boston in August, I visited the Institute of Contemporary Art and saw Charles LeDray's workworkworkworkwork exhibition http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/onview/

If you're interested in the power of scale, this is the show for you. For over 20 years, the New York-based LeDray has created handmade sculptures in stitched fabric, carved bone, and wheel-thrown clay. He fashions smaller-than-life men's suits, ties, and hats, as well as scaled-down chests of drawers, doors, thousands of unique, thimble-sized clay vessels, and even stuffed animals. 

Sometimes these are shown as single objects and sometimes as part of a larger piece. The exhibition gathers approximately 50 sculptures and installations, including the premiere of Throwing Shadows (2008-2010), an extraordinary ceramic work composed of more than 3,000 vessels made of black porcelain, each less than two inches tall. 

As a ceramicist, I was drawn to the show by the promise of miniature pots, but once there, I was even more fascinated by the evocative quality of the installations, especially Men's Suits (2006-2009), his highly acclaimed project made up of  three complex, small-scale vignettes of second-hand clothing shops.

CHARLES LEDRAY: workworkworkworkwork is at the ICA in Boston until October 17 and will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York. Photo: John Kennard.

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