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With the sculptures, Irving achieves a consistent and often astonishing level of virtuosity. Seven Pack—Memorial Edition, August, 2014 (RIP), for instance, includes a row of Sprite soda bottles realized in porcelain and embedded in a ceramic quagmire: a seemingly impossible feat of craftsmanship. Unlike the realistic ceramic versions of everyday objects that one finds in kitsch galleries and gift shops, however, Irving’s efforts are not merely in the service of technical bravado or novel effects. His works tell engaging stories and address important political issues. - Art In America