Wesley Harvey, Dinner Plate, ceramic, 1.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
Wesley Harvey, Tumblers, ceramic, SOLD
Wesley Harvey, Dinner Plate, ceramic, 1.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches, SOLD
Wesley Harvey, Mugs, ceramic, SOLD
Wesley Harvey, Salad Plate, ceramic, 8.25x8.25 inches, SOLD
Wesley Harvey, Boys and Bananas, ceramic, glitter, 25 x 14 x 14 inches
Wesley Harvey, Cucumber Flower Brick, ceramic, glitter, resin, 8 x 14 x 6 inches
Wesley Harvey, Banana & Apples: Gold Glitter, ceramic, resin, glitter, 9.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 in
Wesley Harvey, Banana & Apples: Pink Glitter, ceramic, resin, glitter, 8.5 x 5.5 x 4 in
Wesley Harvey is originally from Van Buren, Indiana, "the popcorn capital of the world." He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2002 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then received his MFA in Ceramics in 2007 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wesley has exhibited his artwork both nationally and internationally. His artwork can be found in various publications including Ceramics Monthly, Art in America, 500 Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures, The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting, and more. He is included in permanent and private collections in the United States, South America, China, and Italy. In the spring of 2017, Wesley had work in the Whitney Biennial exhibiting as a participating member of Debtfair, an installation and project of Occupy Museums. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Lecturer in Ceramics and Graduate Coordinator at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.
“My current body of artwork examines gay male sexuality through the lens of queer theory using appropriation of imagery and objects. I want to address the social and cultural issues and implications of homosexuality in a society that is becoming more accepting of what used to be a scarlet letter worn only in the shadows of back alleys and dimly lit rooms. I examine not only the normative behavior, but also the deviant lifestyle that often gets neglected and chastised. Recently, I have put myself aside as the starting point and have begun looking at others, almost in a voyeuristic way, using personal ads posted on dating websites, mobile dating/sex applications, and chat rooms. In this online realm, I can find both the normative and the deviant behaviors that interest me to create the narratives that often begin as works on paper and transition to ceramics, both on my functional artwork and vessel-based pieces.
The Baroque and Rococo periods provide a great source of inspiration for me. The use of gold and floral designs in excess give me a visual overload of imagery and objects that deeply satisfy my tawdry desires. Ancient Greek and Roman pottery are an endless source for my starting point when working with ceramics. Kitsch and popular culture let me appropriate an endless supply of imagery that teeters from the extremely tacky to the candy-coated sickness that lies in the heart of both kitsch and popular culture. Drag queens share my love of gold, glitter, and excessive prettiness that I adore. Illustrations from 1960’s male physique magazines allow me to appropriate a fantasy male subject who is handsome and extremely physically fit, that interacts with other men in encounters that ride a line between caring and loving to deviant sexual.” - Wesley Harvey