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
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
PROGRAMSJAN 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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