Sometimes I find myself annoyed by abstract, earthy sculpture... pieces that look like the artist picked them up off the ground and placed them straight on the pedestal. But Adler's work, though it fits the mentioned characteristics, reminds me that this aesthetic, when done with great skill, really is beautiful. These pieces remind me of nature-perfected river stones... coveted miracles of the geological world. Adler has created shapes and surfaces that effortlessly invoke these treasures, seducing the viewer.
(images via accessCeramics, Lawrence Arts Center, and ArtAxis)