‘Protean Vessel(S)’ at Ellis King, Dublin

The Master was searching for a vessel to use;
On the shelf there were many — which one would He choose?
Take me, cried the gold one, I’m shiny and bright,
I’m of great value and I do things just right.
My beauty and luster will outshine the rest
And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!

The Master passed on with no word at all;
He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall;
I’ll serve You, dear Master, I’ll pour out Your wine
And I’ll be at Your table whenever You dine,
My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true,
And my silver will always compliment You.

Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass,
It was widemouthed and shallow, and polished like glass.
Here! Here! cried the vessel, I know I will do, Place me on Your
table for all men to view.

Look at me, called the goblet of crystal so clear,
My transparency shows my contents so dear,
Though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride,
And I’m sure I’ll be happy in Your house to abide.

The Master came next to a vessel of wood,
Polished and carved, it solidly stood.
You may use me, dear Master, the wooden bowl said,
But I’d rather You used me for fruit, not for bread!

Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay.
Empty and broken it helplessly lay.
No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose,
To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.

Ah! This is the vessel I’ve been hoping to find,
I will mend and use it and make it all Mine.
I need not the vessel with pride of its self;
Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf;
Nor the one who is bigmouthed and shallow and loud;
Nor one who displays his contents so proud;
Not the one who thinks he can do all things just right;
But this plain earthy vessel filled with My power and might.

Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay.
Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day.
Spoke to it kindly. There’s work you must do,
Just pour out to others as I pour into you.

Beulah V. Cornwall

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Diamond Stingily, Entryways, 2016,
Door, bat, 198 x 76 cm (77 1/2″ x 29 7/8″)

Diamond Stingily, Entryways, 2016,
Door, bat, 198 x 76 cm (77 1/2″ x 29 7/8″)

Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Two Ferns, 2017
Oil on canvas, 60 x 46 inches (152.40 x 116.84 cm)

Exhibition view

Doris Guo, Dice, 2017,
Fired polymer Clay, Dimensions variable

Exhibition view

Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Untitled, 2017
Oil on canvas, 52 x 40 inches (132.08 x 101.60 cm)

Grear Patterson, Lia Dykes, 2017,
Plush toy, 25 x 25 x 12 cm (9 7/8″ x 9 7/8″ x 4 3/4″)

Grear Patterson, The Cheerio Bridge, 2017
VHS tape, 19 x 11 x 3 cm (7 1/2″ x 4 3/8″ x 1 1/8″)

Grear Patterson, I knew you were gonna eat it, 2017
Arcade PCB board, 29.5 x 43 cm (11 5/8″ x 16 7/8″)

Diamond Stingily, Hergott Doll, 2016
Cotton, thread, 25.4 x 25.4 x 2.54 cm (10″ x 10″ x 1″)

Diamond Stingily, Hergott Doll, 2016
Cotton, thread, 25.4 x 25.4 x 2.54 cm (10″ x 10″ x 1″)

Exhibition view

Ebecho Muslimova, FATEBE CABINETS, 2017
Ink on Paper, 49.5 x 39.5 cm (19 1/2″ x 15 1/2″)

Doris Guo, Guzheng Practice At Lincoln Center, 2017
Glassware, soot, tea light, 20 x 7.5 cm (7 7/8″ x 2 1/2″)

Doris Guo, Guzheng Practice At Lincoln Center, 2017
Glassware, soot, tea light, 20 x 7.5 cm (7 7/8″ x 2 1/2″)

Doris Guo, Murmur, 2017,
Glassware, soot, tea light, 15 x 8 cm (5 7/8″ x 3 1/8″)

Doris Guo, Murmur, 2017,
Glassware, soot, tea light, 15 x 8 cm (5 7/8″ x 3 1/8″)

Hayley Silverman, Little Big Man, 2016,
Wood, nylon, led light strip, hand tooled western saddle, 299.7 x 91.44 x 91.44 cm (117 1/2″ x 36″ x 36″)

Hayley Silverman, Little Big Man, 2016,
Wood, nylon, led light strip, hand tooled western saddle, 299.7 x 91.44 x 91.44 cm (117 1/2″ x 36″ x 36″)

Doris Guo, Teascape, 2017,
Glassware, soot, tea light, 7 x 10 cm (2 3/4″ x 3 7/8″)

Exhibition view

Tobias Madison, O, 2014, (detail)
Paper, towels, glue, metal

Tobias Madison, O, 2014,
Paper, towels, glue, metal

‘Protean Vessel(S)’
at Ellis King, Dublin
w/ works by Doris Guo, Siera Hyte, Tobais Madison, Ebecho Muslimova,
Grear Patterson, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Hayley Silverman, Diamond Stingily
January 20 – March 4, 2017

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