CONCEPTION - Part Two / Canvas Galleries, Belfast September 27 - October 11, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6.30 - 9.00 pm.
Following on from Conception Part One London in June, Darren MacPherson and Patrick Colhoun introduce the second part of a two part exhibition of work from two very different but complimentary artists. Two mediums, MacPherson’s vibrant, acid coloured figurative paintings alongside Colhoun’s dark, brooding, somewhat disturbing contemporary sculpture.
Part one in June was London, MacPherson’s base; part two is Belfast, Colhoun’s hometown.
Part one, described as ‘Art with balls’ by Cool on Demand Culture blog, showcased the work in a gritty industrial setting in South East London. The second venue will be a contemporary white cube gallery in Belfast, a city really starting to find its feet in the genre of contemporary art.
Two artists, two cities, two cultures, two mediums.
Darren MacPherson has a growing reputation as a contemporary figurative artist whose acrylic and spray paint works are bold and full of colour.
His frequent use of high key colours can be jarring, even startling to a first-time viewer. The negative space in the composition used merely to emphasise the foreground; this is the part of his work that he spends most time on, adding layer upon layer of content. Darren’s colours bounce off the canvas and his chaotic, sometimes erratic, strokes make for abstract suggestions of the male and female form.
Inclusion in prestigious events such as FLAGSTOP in Los Angeles, the inaugural Other Art Fair in London and the 2011 National Open Art Exhibition are cementing MacPherson as an artist with a growing reputation.
Patrick Colhoun is a contemporary sculptor living and working in Belfast. His irreverent approach and ever darker subject matter make for work that is anything but traditional ceramics. His use of other materials such as latex, hosiery and piercings add to the mix.
Join the annual Scandinavian Ceramics Conference in Hjørring, Denmark, for panels, lectures, exhibitions and demonstrations by outstanding ceramic artists and professionals from Scandinavia and around the world. Registration is available online.
Presenters: Karin Andersson, Stefan Andersson, Polly Beach, Clive Bowen, Nato Eristavi, Ann-Louise Gustafsson, Susanne Hangaard, Hbyba Harrabi, Janne Hieck, Ayumi Horie, Ane Fabricius, Anna Johansdottir, Henning Jørgensen, James Kasper, Michael Maguire, Susan Maguire, Gregory Hamilton Miller, Sheri O’Connor, Steve Mattison, Catherine Orrantia, Anders Ruhwald, Markus Rusch, Bernt Petersen, Waleed Qaisi.
THEMES ▬ Ceramic Artist Residencies: Centers and Programs What kind of opportunities are there for ceramic artists to work in new contexts around the world? How do we find these programs, and what can we access there? How do these ceramic work centers and institutions develop, how are they funded, and who do they provide resources for? How do artists apply for a residency, and what kind of projects get accepted? How can an artist residency fit with your career, whether you’re a student, young professlonal, or world renowned artist. Mette Blum Marcher (DK), Steve Mattington (Hungary/Wales)
▬ Earthenware and slip Earthenware clay is one of the most common minerals on earth, and can be found in almost every country in the world. In combination with other clay slip materials, and metal oxides, it makes up one of the most common material ranges of the ceramic pallet. During the conference, we’ll have presentations about English Slip Ware, Slip trailing in England and Japan, and different slip applications to Earthenware ranges. In addition, we’ll be discussing new developments in low temperature glazes that do and don’t contain lead, borate, and other low temperature fluxes, exploring the fit and fitness of these various glaze options. Clive Bowen (UK), Waleed Qaisi (Iraq/Qatar)
▬ Trends in Scandinavian Ceramics What’s happening now in Scandinavian Ceramics? Who are the emerging and expanding voices in the ceramic field, and what are they working on, and burning for? Where did they study, and how did they get moving in our field? Are you one of them? Would you like a place to tell about your work at ScanCeram? We’ve made one for you! If you’re a student or faculty in Ceramics, we’ve got special opportunities this year for you to present about your work, your school, or your institution. Together with the Vendsyssel Art Museum, we’ve also arranged our first museum level exhibition of NY NORDIC KERAMIK September 11th to October 21st, 2012, with an opening reception and gallery talks Friday, September 21st by involved artists, curators, and organizers. Ane-Fabricius Christiansen (DK), Ann-Louise Gustafsson (SE), Susanne Hangaard (DK)
▬ Ceramic Institutions: Education What kind of ceramic education institutions exist in the world today? In Germany, the Ceramic School in Landshut offers programs in apprenticeship, journeymen, and masters level ceramics, while still being engaged with studio art practices, an extension of a guild system. How does this compare with ceramic educations in the USA, which focus on Bachelor and MFA programs, or Australian ones, or those in for example, Georgia? Which of these educations are relevant for what career paths? What skills do they develop, what communities do they participate in and develop? How do these institutions collaborate with each other more broadly nationally and internationally? Michael Maquire (USA), Nato Eristavi (Georgia), Sheri O’Connor (USA)
▬ Internet and Online Marketing Should you be selling your work on Etsy? Do you have a commercial Facebook Site? Who do you follow on Twitter? And how do you get these activities to result in actual sales of your work? These, and many other important techniques for marketing your work and yourself online, are an important focus of this years conference. With experienced professionals presenting and leading the discussion, we’ll work up guidelines and suggestions for current activities, and try to anticipate future directions to move in. Beyond that, what are the minimal basic activities that we need to invest in to have a presence online, that is time and economically efficient. Ayumi Horie (USA), Stefan Andersson (SE), Polly Beach (USA)
“I work with clay to create an array of graceful, sensuous, organic forms. These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, I use textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest. I am drawn toward neutral earth tones that complement rather than distract from my intricate sculptural vessels.
The curving lines and interplay of light and shadow in my work generate an illusion of movement, giving each piece an almost lifelike quality. A successful piece is one that begs to be touched as well as explored visually.” Elizabeth Shriver
Clémence van Lunen exhibition / Galerie NeC, Hong Kong
Clémence van Lunen exhibition / Galerie NeC, Hong Kong October 5 - November 18, 2012
Opening: Thursday, October 4, from 6 pm.
"Sculpture, polyglot, curious and on the alert, fascinated by the countries which she has discovered, cultures and languages which she practises and likes, Clémence Van Lunen is a renaissance woman. She develops multiple works which could be defined as high curiosity in the same sense we sometimes describe ancient amateurs cabinet, but in her case it is in an eclectic and knowledgable way. The art critic and exhibition curator Frédéric Bodet wrote about her work, "rare forms are expressed with an indecisive act, dedicated to the enjoyment as much as to the dismay that she constantly tries to disturb us, her sculptures evoke a sort of sympathy which makes you stop and hesitate." Her invitation to Sèvres in 2007 - that allowed me to get to know her better - stood out as an evidence, as a necessary stage for her after her travels a round the world and her research in ceramics.
On her return from one of her regular travels to China, she proposed at Cité de la céramique a universe of porcelain dragons (she chose on purpose the most symbolic animal of China), with the determination to produce them all herself with an never before used experimental mixture of porcelain pastas from our mill.
Compositions of a series of porcelain elements turned, deformed then wrapped up, gathered in an experimental way and delicately assembled, the monumental sculptures required the traditional techniques of production but, however, adapted in a personal and creative way. She then imagined an centre piece , consisting of several elements of biscuit which was built up of a small «archipelago» on a table, like so many islands with strange plants; it was an invitation to a new journey!
Her experience at la Cité de la céramique illustrates perfectly its capacity to create a gateway, to imagine formal round trips, cultural and aesthetic juxtapositions, which are her trademark and her talent.”
David Caméo, Director of Sèvres, Cité de la Ceramique France
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
Art on the Avenue Gallery, at 3808 Lancaster Avenue, is pleased to present Arina Ailincăi: IN-SCRIPTED BODY, a solo sculpture exhibition featuring recent works in clay of this noteworthy international artist.
Arina Ailincăi is a truly international artist. Raised and educated in Romania, she began her artistic career in Eastern Europe. In the 1980s she crossed the Atlantic and settled in Canada, where she was soon acknowledged as one of its most talented artists working in clay. At that time she also exhibited and lectured in the United States. Over the last several years, she has been invited to work, exhibit and lecture at major ceramic art centers and international events throughout Europe, including Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Turkey. Most recently she has held residencies in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Arina Ailincăi’s art focuses on the human figure, with the body cast using real bodies - often her own. The closeresemblance of the ceramic sculpture to the actual body is only a starting point for her deeper exploration of the universal human condition as an embodied self. Ailincai’s sculptures in clay are philosophically and metaphorically charged. The markings on the outer surface and the mysterious inscriptions in the hollow interior of the body transform the replica of a particular individual into an archetypal human vessel, holding the traces of inner life, time, place and history.
"My desire is to “write” a three dimensional poem to both the fragile physical body and the intangible world of our inner existence. I translate this desire into ceramic sculpture through the use of faithfully replicated, life-size clay body-casts and fragments. I press the clay into the plaster mold to create ”the shell," a hollowed out body shape: an empty vessel containing the inner self, with its personal and universal history. The scripts imprinted on the interior walls of the shell, acquire symbolic and metaphoric dimensions, becoming a palimpsest of the entire human existence. While most of my works are made in clay, I make use of other materials and techniques, often combining drawing and photography in my installations. I want to synthesize two-dimensional and three-dimensional vocabularies into a visual language charged with meaning, which directs the viewers to sense their location, both within and without.” Arina Ailincăi
Contemporary Clay Invitational / j fergeson gallery, Farmville, VA
Contemporary Clay Invitational / j fergeson gallery, Farmville, VA October 5 - December 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 5:00 pm.
The latest show at the j fergeson gallery in Farmville, VA, explores the diverse possibilities of what can be done with clay. This show, the gallery’s largest of the year, features works from 30 national artists. Here one will find both sculptural and functional pieces, but perhaps most interesting is the way the artists have settled somewhere in between.
The show is an extraordinary collection of ceramic work by artists working at the top of their field. Co-curators Andréa Keys Connell, lead professor in clay at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Adam Paulek, lead professor in clay at Longwood University, chose the artists for their commitment to fine craft, progressive thought, sensitivity to material and humor.
Artist A. Blair Clemo, inspired by the ornate history of European Decorative Arts, creates vessels that are functional, but also ridiculously opulent, as if ready to serve royalty. John Oliver Lewis presents two sculptures inspired equally by architecture, natural land formations, cartoons, and candy - think Monument Valley out of salt water taffy. And then there’s Darrin Ekern’s “potasaurus”: a sculpture of a T-Rex in a studio throwing a pot.
Featured artists: A. Blair Clemo, Kurt Anderson, Tom Bartel, Jason Hackett, Hiroe Hanazono, Mike Jabbur, Bethany Krull, John Oliver Lewis, Richard Nickel, Nathan Prouty, Debbie Quick, Dave Smith, Mikey Walsh, Trent Berning, Kelly Berning, Jeff Campana, Sam Chung, David Eichelberger, Darrin Ekern, Misty Gamble, Meredith Host Kowalski, Nicole Aquillano, Frank Martin, Dan Molyneux, Chris Picket, Adrian Sandstrom, Amy Santafararo, Shawn Spangler, Kendra Sparks, Adero Willard.
This variety of work isn’t often seen in small galleries, and the curators are excited to present it to an audience that may be unfamiliar with just how adventurous contemporary clay has become.