The Pisser, by Robert Arneson, is a work that will be featured in Collecting California: Selections from Laguna Art Museum, which opens this Sunday. Come to the exhibition to see this work of art in person! Want a chance to attend the exclusive opening night party on Saturday? Become a Member of the Museum. Become our Facebook fan and you could win two tickets to Saturday's event.
Robert Arneson was born in 1930 and began his artistic career as a newspaper cartoonist, yet he is best known for his contributions to the funk art movement of the 1960s and his work in ceramics. Arneson first began to work with clay during his tenure as a high school art teacher. He rejected the traditional use of the medium, choosing instead to mold the clay in a way that was more expressionist.
The Pisser, which was part of Arneson's Toilet series, is an example of his ceramic works of art. In response to critics' claims that he was influenced by Duchamp's Fountain, Arneson stated that "Duchamp did not make a toilet, he made an untoilet. It's about transformation...I wasn't transforming anything."
Arneson began teaching ceramics at the university level in 1962, and remained teaching and creating art until his death by cancer in 1992.