Brooks Oliver

Brooks is currently a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Oliver uses the ceramic vessel as a familiar and approachable means to engage viewers into questioning their preconceived notions of function. Oliver states, “I have identified three crucial aspects to creating a successful illusion: to make the viewer question their assumptions, to construct a context around how the viewer perceives what is happening, and to generate a moment where belief is suspended.” Oliver most recently exhibited in the 2015 NCECA Biennial in Providence, RI, and in Scratching the Surface, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. 
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Title: Wobble Bowl
Artist: Brooks Oliver
Fascinating combination of ceramic and kinetic arts from Brooks Oliver, whose practice explores illusionary tactics for disarming and uprooting the viewers perception. The “Wobble Vase” series incorporates ideas gleaned from several years Brooks spent studying industrial engineering, utilising a precision of angle and production that bring to mind the cool, simplified shades of modernism in their soft use of angle and surface via celadon ceramic. The destabilised resting position — carefully balanced to provide a fixed axis of movement — offers playful interactivity and the insertion of some restless or oblique sensitivity to the object; the proportions and functional state vacillating between a practical vessel and industrial widget or toy.
Title: Wobble Curved Vase
Artist: Brooks Oliver
Fascinating combination of ceramic and kinetic arts from Brooks Oliver, whose practice explores illusionary tactics for disarming and uprooting the viewers perception. The “Wobble Vase” series incorporates ideas gleaned from several years Brooks spent studying industrial engineering, utilising a precision of angle and production that bring to mind the cool, simplified shades of modernism in their soft use of angle and surface via celadon ceramic. The destabilised resting position — carefully balanced to provide a fixed axis of movement — offers playful interactivity and the insertion of some restless or oblique sensitivity to the object; the proportions and functional state vacillating between a practical vessel and industrial widget or toy.
Title: Wobble Vase
Artist: Brooks Oliver
Fascinating combination of ceramic and kinetic arts from Brooks Oliver, whose practice explores illusionary tactics for disarming and uprooting the viewers perception. The “Wobble Vase” series incorporates ideas gleaned from several years Brooks spent studying industrial engineering, utilising a precision of angle and production that bring to mind the cool, simplified shades of modernism in their soft use of angle and surface via celadon ceramic. The destabilised resting position — carefully balanced to provide a fixed axis of movement — offers playful interactivity and the insertion of some restless or oblique sensitivity to the object; the proportions and functional state vacillating between a practical vessel and industrial widget or toy.
Title: Wobble Vase & Bowl
Artist: Brooks Oliver
Fascinating combination of ceramic and kinetic arts from Brooks Oliver, whose practice explores illusionary tactics for disarming and uprooting the viewers perception. The “Wobble Vase” series incorporates ideas gleaned from several years Brooks spent studying industrial engineering, utilising a precision of angle and production that bring to mind the cool, simplified shades of modernism in their soft use of angle and surface via celadon ceramic. The destabilised resting position — carefully balanced to provide a fixed axis of movement — offers playful interactivity and the insertion of some restless or oblique sensitivity to the object; the proportions and functional state vacillating between a practical vessel and industrial widget or toy.