For the past 35 years Peter VandenBerge has been creating outsized ceramic busts whose hand-worked features are as mesmerizing as they are confounding. The mystery of these elongated, primitive faces resides primarily in the slit eyes and oblong noses; but their whimsical ornamentation and outlandish headgear – a distinct brand of ‘60s-era, Duchamp-influenced absurdism – seems to mock their otherwise inward-looking demeanor. This month, seven of his busts will be on display at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery, along with works by his daughter, Camille, 40. An equal number of pieces from the elder VandenBerge, now 74, are also on display in a group show, “Three Friends: Fifty Years”, at the CSUS Annex Gallery through Nov. 13.
Diane aka She Wolf says
I am so happy to have discovered this fabulous article of Peter’s Work.
I wish him well…and have always considered him to be one of my mentor’s..
I am grateful that i had the opportunity to study with him..as well as the gang of artists in the group photo!
wow. a blast from the past!
blessings to all!