Laurie Steer

Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary

12 Sep – 15 Sep 2019

INSTALLATION VIEW, Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary
INSTALLATION VIEW, Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary
INSTALLATION VIEW, Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary
INSTALLATION VIEW, Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary
Laurie Steer, Air Machine, 2019
stoneware, 195 × 100 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Wolf Fat, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 115 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, They Sleep Like Pigs, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 80 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Ask Those Bastards, 2019
stoneware, 130 × 120 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Grindstone, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 115 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Singlejack, 2019
stoneware, 145 × 150 × 135mm
Laurie Steer, Need Not Urge, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 100 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Not to Worship, 2019
stoneware, 175 × 140 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Rumbling Hog, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 80 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Uglied By Dirt, 2019
stoneware, 95 × 85 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Talk Out Loud, 2019
stoneware
Laurie Steer, Red Eye, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 110 × 220mm
Laurie Steer, Puzzle King, 2019
stoneware, 90 × 85 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Something Will Happen, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 130 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Giant Trap, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 100 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Dead City, 2019
stoneware, 200 × 80 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Sky Glow, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 135 × 135mm
Laurie Steer, Bottom Feeder, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 155 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Where Man Can't Live Gods Fare No Better, 2019
stoneware, 225 × 100 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Hollow Sun, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 140 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Splitting the Darkness, 2019
stoneware, 145 × 130 × 130mm
Laurie Steer, Raker, 2019
stoneware, 165 × 90 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Ash Flower, 2019
stoneware, 220 × 140 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Salvage, 2019
stoneware, 115 × 155 × 155mm
Laurie Steer, Among the Beasts, 2019
stoneware, 145 × 160 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Broken Teeth, 2019
stoneware, 145 × 70 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Huckleberry, 2019
, 140 × 120 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Somewhere in the Dark, 2019
, 230 × 115 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Natural History, 2019
stoneware, 140 × 155 × 150mm
Laurie Steer, Pig Hunter, 2019
stoneware, 205 × 70 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Mountain of Flesh, 2019
stoneware, 170 × 120 × 150mm
Laurie Steer, Blind Coward, 2019
stoneware, 85 × 145 × 115mm
Laurie Steer, Bird Song, 2019
stoneware, 150 × 70 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Good Girl, 2019
, 95 × 85 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Horsemeat, 2019
, 85 × 100 × 55mm
Laurie Steer, Bright Night Sky, 2019
stoneware, 85 × 100 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Toothpaste, 2019
stoneware, 70 × 110 × 75mm
Laurie Steer, Switchback, 2019
stoneware, 65 × 90 × 170mm
Laurie Steer, Suck Face, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 95 × 115mm
Laurie Steer, Boiled Coffee, 2019
stoneware, 70 × 155 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Sleek Wolves, 2019
stoneware, 165 × 155 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Tin Cup, 2019
stoneware, 124 × 135 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Borrowed Eyes, 2019
stoneware, 80 × 135 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Fat Man, 2019
stoneware, 125 × 90 × 60mm
Laurie Steer, Small Pox, 2019
stoneware, 70 × 50 × 50mm
Laurie Steer, Bug, 2019
stoneware, 50 × 50 × 40mm
Laurie Steer, Sour Apples, 2019
stoneware, 130 × 110 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Stings of the Whip, 2019
stoneware, 280 × 245 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Talk of Miracles, 2019
stoneware, 90 × 180 × 180mm
Laurie Steer, Saint Francis, 2019
stoneware, 180 × 80 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Sugar Teeth, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 100 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Earth Circus, 2019
stoneware, 90 × 150 × 150mm
, Come to My Nest, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 180 × 170mm
Laurie Steer, Lay Me Out, 2019
stoneware, 105 × 125 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Stupid Fool, 2019
stoneware, 275 × 120 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Murder Boy, 2019
stoneware, 150 × 110 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Young Man, 2019
stoneware, 155 × 70 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Asylum, 2019
stoneware, 70 × 120 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Squirt, 2019
stoneware, 45 × 85 × 55mm
Laurie Steer, Andy, 2019
stoneware, 60 × 50 × 45mm
Laurie Steer, Spittle, 2019
stoneware, 75 × 85 × 65mm
Laurie Steer, Hitman, 2019
stoneware, 85 × 185 × 150mm
Laurie Steer, Caboose, 2019
stoneware, 55 × 145 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Bad Tooth, 2019
stoneware, 60 × 140 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Shovelman, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 60 × 60mm
Laurie Steer, Denunciation, 2019
stoneware, 130 × 90 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Murder Log, 2019
stoneware, 130 × 60 × 55mm
Laurie Steer, King Size, 2019
stoneware, 210 × 125 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, You Bastard, 2019
stoneware, 145 × 105 × 105mm
Laurie Steer, Gasworks, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 155 × 150mm
Laurie Steer, Hard Luck, 2019
stoneware, 35 × 80 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Grill, 2019
stoneware, 50 × 145 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Broken Winged Bird, 2019
stoneware, 175 × 95 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, The Coming Dusk, 2019
stoneware, 120 × 145 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Sexless, 2019
stoneware, 60 × 75 × 65mm
Laurie Steer, Haste Gentle, My Flesh, 2019
stoneware, 115 × 85 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Reclining, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 170 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Howling Darkness, 2019
stoneware, 90 × 110 × 95mm
Laurie Steer, Kettle Drum, 2019
stoneware, 70 × 60 × 60mm
Laurie Steer, Seeing Eyed Dog, 2019
stoneware, 115 × 45 × 45mm
Laurie Steer, Among the Rubbish, 2019
stoneware, 80 × 55 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Plunder, 2019
stoneware, 85 × 90 × 220mm
Laurie Steer, Hatchet Head, 2019
stoneware, 60 × 100 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Crocodile Ate the Sun, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 165 × 165mm
Laurie Steer, Flea Scratcher, 2019
stoneware, 105 × 115 × 75mm
Laurie Steer, Leather Pocket Book, 2019
stoneware, 100 × 100 × 140mm
Laurie Steer, Promised Land, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 75 × 75mm
Laurie Steer, Shanty on the Rise, 2019
stoneware, 140 × 135 × 135mm
Laurie Steer, Kill the Germ, 2019
stoneware, 140 × 140 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Pitter Patter, 2019
stoneware, 80 × 115 × 100mm
Laurie Steer, Pigeon Hole, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 160 × 120mm
Laurie Steer, Beneath the Mountain, 2019
stoneware, 190 × 100 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Adam, 2019
stoneware, 180 × 110 × 110mm
Laurie Steer, Hard Blues, 2019
stoneware, 205 × 110 × 85mm
Laurie Steer, Hiss of a Lizard, 2019
stoneware, 40 × 190 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, We Must Kill, 2019
stoneware, 40 × 190 × 80mm
Laurie Steer, Rain Falls, 2019
stoneware, 40 × 220 × 70mm
Laurie Steer, Hog, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 100 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Chainsaw Boy, 2019
stoneware, 110 × 120 × 90mm
Laurie Steer, Swag Maiden, 2019
, 160 × 90 × 90mm

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Laurie Steer

Crocodile Ate the Sun at Sydney Contemporary

12 Sep – 15 Sep 2019

In Crocodile Ate the Sun, Laurie Steer continues his exploration of the boundaries of ceramic craft, reconfiguring traditional pottery forms into his own chimeric, unpredictable works. Steer’s practice contests the ideals of simplicity and minimalism that underpinned the aesthetics of twentieth-century studio ceramics, instead making forms that are riotously uneven and visually dense.

The surfaces of Steer’s works are gouged, incised, grooved, deformed, squashed and ripped; they are bedecked with spines, protrusions, bridges, limbs and flanges, and their forms are often stacked, lobed or folded. Usually, they contest the vessel form itself through their mutations: tipped on their sides like beached whales, guarded by spikes and lattices like the defensive adaptations of phantasmagorical carnivorous plants, or sealed altogether from the outside world. Although drawn from no real-world culture, Steer’s works have their own bizarre internal logic; they present as artefacts, smaller parts of a larger body with its own inscrutable purposes.

Despite his seemingly anarchic deviations from (and transgressions against) the “ideal standard” advocated by utilitarian ceramicists like Bernard Leach, Steer’s work is grounded in a deep understanding of such received wisdom. His works explore the limits of craft, and the way we internalise the knowledge passed down to us from previous generations. For Steer, ceramics are a living part of his daily experience, and his methodology is intensely grounded in a sense of place, as is evident in his preference for sourcing his own wild clays.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative New Zealand and Driving Creek Potteries.