Dark Light: The Ceramic Art of Christine Nofchissey McHorse
Published by Fresco Fine Art Publications. Essay by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, Photography by Addison Doty,
"Dark Light" is the first book on the ceramics of the great Navajo Artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse and features her award-winning sculptural black series begun in 1998. Authors Clark and Del Vecchio, the foremost experts on international contemporary ceramics, give respect to the artist's Native roots while also exploring her art in mainstream context, a breakthrough in evaluationg Indian Pottery today. "Dark Light" refers to the mica-rich clay McHorse uses in her vessels. When fired, the mica glows and shimmers against the black of the reduction-fired surfaces, advancing and receding, giving McHorse's elegant, matte-black biomorphic shapes a retinal vibrance and a sensual life. The book is the catalog for the equally dynamic traveling exhibition currently at the Nerman Museum in Kansas City and then travels to the O. Fred Jones Gallery at Oklahoma University, the first two stops in a 3 year journey.