Bosco Sodi at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Bosco Sodi’s hand-formed ceramic cubes at Paul Kasmin Gallery are new but appear weathered, evoking mankind’s ancient and ongoing relationship with clay. Behind, a mixed media painting continues Sodi’s signature practice of mixing pigment, sawdust, glue and other materials into an explosive, vividly colored abstraction. (On view at Paul Kasmin Gallery through Jan 6th).

Bosco Sodi, Untitled, clay, 31 ½ x 31 ½ x 31 ½ inches, 2017 (foreground) and Untitled, mixed media over linen, 78 ¾ x 110 ¼ inches, 2017 (background).

John Mason at Albertz Benda

Like models strutting down a catwalk, a row of abstracted ceramic figures by nonagenarian LA artist John Mason exude confidence and style. Recalling Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, Brancusi’s sculpture and Lygia Clark’s bichos they combine Cubist form, Futurist dynamism with a suggestion of moveability often alien to ceramics. (On view at Albertz Benda Gallery in Chelsea through Jan 13th).

John Mason, Figure, Spring Green, ceramic, 63 x 24 x 21 inches, 2014.

Brian Rochefort at Van Doren Waxter

Young LA-based sculptor Brian Rochefort takes inspiration from nature, modeling his ceramic vessels after a giant underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize and a series of water-flooded caves in tropical climes among other natural wonders. Building up organic shapes from mud and clay, Rochefort covers their surfaces with ceramic, glass and glaze to create a wonder-inspiring experience of his own. (On view at Van Doren Waxter on the Lower East Side through Dec 22nd).

Brian Rochefort, SETI, stoneware, earthenware, glaze, glass, 17 x 14 x 13 inches, 2017.

Ursula Morley Price at McKenzie Fine Art

From her home in a small French town, British octogenarian artist Ursula Morley Price continues to invent unique ceramic forms that evoke the beauty and order of the natural world. This white twist form, on view at McKenzie Fine Art on the Lower East Side, suggests delicate petals, a flexible spinal column, coral, machinery and more. (On view through Dec 22nd).

Ursula Morley Price, White Twist Form, stoneware, 7 ¼ inches high, 9 inches diameter, 2017. Photograph courtesy of McKenzie Fine Art, Inc.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ work elicits appreciation of the uncharming extraordinary in life. ‘Cushion,’ from the artist’s latest solo show at Marianne Boesky Gallery, is no exception. Two misshapen figures intertwine on a couch cushion, enjoying a moment of tenderness and connection. (On view in Chelsea through Dec 22nd).

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Cushion, ceramic, cushion, 26 ½ x 32 x 32 inches, 2017.