Logo Banner of L-15 with Golk Golk

 

Raku Solid Body Porcelain Sculpture 044 (Mediume Size)
This piece and others date to 1986-1987 Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, N.M. (Gallery Brochure)
dimensions: H = 6 inches X W = 3.5" X D = 3.5"
This Piece (#044) has the uplifted face and the common L-15 artistic expression of a 'cry to heaven' with an added twist; its head is slightly rotated as if it is giving an extra effort to its upward cry. Its wings are simple but the right wing shows more predominantly adding to that sense of twisting toward an extra upward effort. A more unusual coloration is also present with lighter browns and greens. The iridescent copper is present a little on its back and front when the light catches the glossy portions of the surface just right. The front has an additional rainbow glow from its glossy patch.
Solid Body Raku Sculpture 044 Medium Size
Solid Body Raku Sculpture 044 Medium Size
Solid Body Raku Sculpture 044 Medium Size
Solid Body Raku Sculpture 044 Medium Size
Solid Body Raku Sculpture 044 Medium Size

Bernard Schatz aka L-15 (1931-2015) was an Artist for 60 years creating sculpture, paintings, drawings and performances (notably on Steve Allen's Show in the 1960s; movies are linked to the artist's site)

L-15 felt that his solid bodied abstract angel sculptures explored the outside limits of the angels' form & explored the outside limits of what is possible with solid body porcelain raku sculpture.

This piece was produced during L-15's year long stay at the Artist-in Residence program in Roswell, New Mexico. It was created along with others on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico June 19 - August 11, 1987.

"L-15's art works run contrary to mass media culture and testify to the authenticity of an individual imagination exploring itself."—Wesley A. Rusnell; L-15: Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico, December 7-January 4, 1987.

Quote from audio interview with the Artist in 2014
"…the only way to get this effect of a heavy solid body raku piece (is) in an organic environment which I varied from pine cones to pieces of wood to anything I could find to things that I would specifically look for, varied throughout the season.

I spent a year in the museum ceramic room developing these raku effects.

If you look at these in better light you can see the flow of things and the sort of golden, you know the total effect."