Sound Sculptor : Brian Ransom's 'whistling pods,' 'hooters' and 'spiral horns' double as ceramic art and instruments.

October 24, 1991|JOSEF WOODARD | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
 
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Asoft, throbbing four-note chord, something like a steamship whistle, greets you as you walk into the Conejo Valley Art Museum these days. The largest ceramic piece on display there, the "Nest of Hooters," looks, for all the world, like a whiskey still built by some character in a Dr. Seuss book.

Welcome to ceramic sculptor/instrument maker Brian Ransom's world, one filled with "whistling pods," "hooters," "spiral horns" and "nutating vessels." The current exhibition of Ransom's pieces, on display through this weekend, elicits a strange, disarming variety of reference points, from primitive pre-Columbian artifacts to cheeky post-modernist tactics.

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