Kirk Mangus was raised in a family of craftsman that were part of the burgeoning American craft movement that had began to start to grow in the 1920’s and continued to grow even more larger after WWII. Kirk was influenced at an early age by his parents, his parents teachers, and their peers and altogether they created a rich community that included international artist and craftsmen. Kirk began his study at the Rhode island School of design, this is where he began to continue to develop his crafts. After attending RISD he received his MFA from Washington State University Pullman, which greatly inspired him by the prominent “Bad Painting” aesthetics of artists such as Patrick Siler.
Kirk Mangus was described to have many different styles that he liked to use, he didn’t stay to one theme or style very often. He would often make random shapes and make it his own by adding either his own artwork to it or as I said by adding just random pops of color, but nothing would ever repeat. He didn’t just work with ceramix he also painted, sculpted, and also enjoyed drawing. All of his work is very different from each other and never repeat pattern or design.
This is by far my favorite ceramic piece that Kirk Mangus has made, I like this piece because even though its black and white it caught my eye because of its shape, he shaped the piece into a dog but when you take a closer look at it you realize that the patterns/design on it isn’t just random black spots all over in random spots, but they are actually drawings that he has made and that he put all over the ceramic piece. I thought this was very unique because you don’t really see that with most people and not to mention will make people do a double take with his piece.
This piece is my least favorite because is don’t really like all the colors that he had chosen to put together, maybe if he used different colors together I would like this piece more. I also don’t like the face he put on what I think he meant to be a bowl, I don’t really like the face because I fell almost as if it’s kinda creepy, the eyes and mouth are kinda creepy. Yellow eyes with black slits and long oval red lips, yeah that’s kinda creepy. Though the thing that I do like about this piece is the black and white speckles on the actual bowl itself as a base I guess you could say.
I chose to do my paper on Kirk Mangus because his work really stood out to me because of all the funny shapes and pops of colors, none of his artwork would ever repeat. I wanted to choose someone with a similar mindset for ceramic art as I do, I want to draw attention to my pieces and that is exactly what his work does, some people even do double takes on his artwork and one day I want to be able to make people take double takes on my artwork like Kirk did.