Monday, 18 March 2013

Last chance to check out some amazing ceramic shows at the Surrey Art Gallery

The future is already here: Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang

January 19 to March 24, 2013
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Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu 5.0-c, 2009. Collection, Kamloops Art Gallery
What if the cyberworld of video games entered the frame of 19th century western landscape painting? Or if Ming Dynasty-style ceramic vessels fused with the cartoon pop of contemporary anime? Artists Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang deploy an arsenal of Asian and Western historical styles, science fiction, popular culture, and new technologies as they combine ceramics, photography, and projected video to create mesmerizing fantasy worlds that probe the boundaries between the real and the virtual.
The heart of this exhibition is a collaborative mixed-media installation by Tang and McLeod that blends digital projection with ceramic sculpture. Each artist is also represented by a selection of independent work. Inspired by video games, Romantic landscape paintings, and dioramas, McLeod’s surreal environments depicted in large panoramic photographs exist in their own indeterminate time and space. Brendan Tang’s colourful and wildly incongruous Manga Ormolu ceramic vessels fuse Asian and Western historical decorative styles with pop art forms derived from Japanese anime and manga. Guest curated by Rachel Lafo.

Ornamentalism: Clint Neufeld and Dirk Staschke

January 19 to March 24, 2013
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Dirk Staschke, Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise; ceramic and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Jones.

Everyday forms – from furniture and fruit to car engines and confections – are transformed into poignant allegories of desire, labour, and leisure by these two virtuoso ceramic sculptors.

Beyond the Vessel’s Edge: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection

January 19 to March 24, 2013
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Ian Johnston, R14 hip - f, ankle - f, 2005; stoneware with terra sigillata. Collection of the Surrey Art Gallery, gift of Stephanie Fischer.

The functional gives way to the sculptural in this collection of ceramics by artists John Chalke, Tam Irving, Ian Johnston, Sally Michener, Alwyn O’Brien, Linda Stanbridge, and Diana Lynn Thompson.

Surrey Art Gallery is located in the Surrey Arts Centre
13750 - 88 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3W 3L1
1 block east of King George Blvd, in Bear Creek Park
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