For the past sixty years the backbone of Ron Nagle’s ceramic practice has been the modest size of his captivating objects, many of which only stand up to six inches tall. Born in San Francisco in 1939, Nagle studied with the renowned ceramics maven Peter Voulkos and quickly became one of the leading members of the Bay Area ceramics scene. Nagle almost always works from drawings which outline composition and form but never give a hint on color. Yet color is one of the elements that makes Nagle’s objects truly remarkable. Bubble-gum pink gets paired with austere grey, forest green finds company with a deep red, and high-gloss aqua teams up with sea-foam green. He draws out these colors with an incredible array of textures that bubble, shine, bend, pucker and crinkle. Nagle’s forms are intuitively recognizable, yet one is not really quite sure what one is looking at. A grey rectangle might look like a tombstone, a quilted layer of pink and brown recalls an ice cream sandwich, or a brilliantly polished orange-yellow sphere conjures up the setting sun. But Nagle slyly obfuscates these communiques from the id by playing around with scale, color, and context. It is as if the mind tries to hold on to an image over which Nagle manages to pull a fine layer of fog. That these confections should be displayed eye-level height on slender plinths and sheathed in glass vitrines, only add to their exalted status as delightful objects of desire. At Matthew Marks through June 15.