Dangerous Flower – Hadrian Mendoza

Show Dates: May 12 – July 1, 2017
At 1429 Iris St., NW, Washington, DC 20012-1409

Please join us as we celebrate the extraordinary talent of ceramic artist, Hadrian Mendoza, in his second solo exhibition with Zenith Gallery. Mendoza uses innovative firing techniques to present modernized takes on Filipino folk traditions. Inspired by the mathematical design of the stamen circulating the pistil,
Dangerous Flower explores the dichotomy of danger and beauty.  Mendoza explains, “Many things in life are appealing but at the same time have to be approached with caution.”
Hadrian Mendoza is constantly reinventing what it means to be a ceramicist.  His pieces are a delicate balance between functionality and high art, and he can meld traditional stoneware technique with radical conceptual ideas unlike anyone else. He is present in every process of a given piece, from personally blending glazes and searching for volcanic ash to mix just the right shade, to ensuring that his kiln is properly set with the right atmosphere and temperature for firing. Ultramodern and contemplative, Mendoza’s ceramics pay homage to the ancient art of pottery.