Sunday, 6 January 2013

Upcoming events @ the Gardiner



Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:30 - 8 pm
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Speaker: Kate Hyde, ceramic artist

Ontario-based artist Kate Hyde discusses her work in the exhibition Harlequinade and the impact of theatre on her artistic practice. The talk will be followed by a focused tour of the Museum’s permanent collection in which the artist will highlight objects that have influenced her development.

The Vase Project celebrates the art of copying and the role of the usually anonymous artist in Jingdezhen. Working with 101 blank vases, the curators created a visual chain letter selecting factory workers and painters from independent workshops around the city to copy and hand‐paint a blue-and-white contemporary landscape based on their original sketch of the smoke stacks of Jingdezhen.
The project took place sequentially over a two year period: the first factory artist received the sketch which he/she copied on a blank vessel which was then fired and passed on to the next artist to copy on a new identical blank vase and so on.
The Vase Project exhibition reveals that even when working by rote or mimetically the anonymous artist’s individual brushstrokes contribute to a singular one-off aesthetic within mass‐production.
Curated by Barbara Diduk, Charles A. Dana Professor of Art at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Zhao Yu, Assistant Professor at the Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China

This exhibition explores the recent allure of China on Canadian ceramicists. In the past few years, numerous ceramic artists have attended residencies and exchanges in Fuping and Jingdezhen, replacing the tradition of visiting Japanese folk (Mingei) potteries, in search of authentic experiences.
The exhibition traces this new direction and how/if it has re-shaped ceramic practice in Canada. Themes include contemporary Western interpretations of Asian iconography, the relationship between the handmade and mass production and the endurance of blue-and-white (Qing Hua).
Go East features work by nine artists from across Canada that were made in China or inspired by their experience of living there. Artists participating in this exhibition are: Susan Collett, Jackson Li, Sin-ying Ho, Rory MacDonald, Sally Michener, Ann Mortimer, Paul Mathieu, Walter Ostrom and Diane Sullivan.
Curated by Rachel Gotlieb

JAN 14: PANEL DISCUSSION: Engaging with Ceramic Processes in Contemporary Art with artists Clint Neufeld and Linda Sormin. Moderated by Mona Flip, Curator of the Koffler Gallery
JAN 16: LECTURE: Under the Influence: The Harlequin Effect with artist Kate Hyde
JAN 25: LUNCH + LEARN: Susan Swan: The Western LightFEB 9: TRANSFORMATION BY FIRE: Hands-On WorkshopFEB 12: LECTURE: Married to Pottery: A Life of Uncertainty with Senior Curator Rachel GotliebFEB 14: JAMIE KENNEDY VALENTINE'S DINNER

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