Ron Nagle, Centar of Attention, 2014. Mixed media, 6 x 5.5 x 3.5.

Ron Nagle

San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art

Ceramic sculptor and musician Ron Nagle is a master of intimate scale. For the past 50 years, he has been making highly refined objects, often no larger than several inches, which are notable for their irreverence, allusive form, and extreme attention to detail. The title of his recent show, “Peripheral Cognition,” hints at his love for verbal play. Nagel defines peripheral cognition as “something that just happens when you’re doing something you do well.” Though his work has been exhibited around the world, this was his first show in a major museum, and it featured 11 drawings and 19 ceramic sculptures spanning 30 years. The objects were contained within long, rectangular vitrines…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.