An approximation on the relative scale of things (installation view), 2013. Ceramic, powder coated aluminum, wood, vinyl, and board. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Aaron Granat.

Madison, WI


Paul Sacaridiz’s installations feature networks of interconnected, powder-coated aluminum bars that act as skeletal framework. Resembling a schematic diagram in its pared-down simplicity, the aluminum structure has flat, shelf-like protrusions that hold ceramic forms—from sagging and coiled clusters to precisely rendered mathematical models. With disparate objects linked together through an internal infrastructure, Sacaridiz’s work references nineteenth century urban planning, both its utopian origins and ultimate failures. In spite of well-intentioned systems for rational growth, the chaotic reality of on-the-ground city life often undermines, or at least obfuscates, the logic of top-down development.  In an environment where decisions are enacted continuously by independent entities, a tension exists between the precise and articulate and the random and messy. 


Paul Sacaridiz received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. He is currently Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since 1997 he has been active in solo exhibitions, collaborative projects, and group shows at a diverse number of venues including: The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea; Dubuque Museum of Art; Alfedena Gallery (Chicago); Northern Illinois University Art Museum; and the Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University.  Sacaridiz has been the recipient of residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, The Ragdale Foundation in Illinois, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Art/Industry Residency Program at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan