Current Exhibitions


March 20 to June 26, 2016


Midway ‘twixt earth and heaven


Whale of Our Being, 2003. Carl Beam

The exhibition, Tributaries, embraces the elements of earth, fire and light, foundations of Indigenous ideology. Contemporary artists of First Nations ancestry interpret a shared history, land and culture through installation, photography and sculpture informed by traditional knowledge, language, social constructs and protocol and styles of art and architecture.

The theme of this exhibition is inspired by Carl Beam’s Whale of Our Being, a work from the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s permanent collection. In Tributaries, his glazed stoneware pot serves as a point of departure in the exploration of the relationship between people and the land. The selected artists represent diverse practices, histories and regions and their works present a selection of various materials such as porcelain, stoneware, bronze, wood, textile and glass accompanied by digital photographs, prints and drawings. The viewer is invited to experience the work presented within a holistic approach that engages one to enter the discussion at any given point of reference.

Artists include: KC Adams, Rebecca and Kenny Baird, Carl Beam, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Greg Staats, Members of the Smith Family Pottery

Tributaries weaves personal and collective experience and memory with Issues that confront identity, commodity, tolerance and environmental management as these become fodder for reclamation and resilience.

This exhibition is generously supported by:
Ontario Arts Council – Aboriginal Curatorial Projects and F.K. Morrow Foundation




Outside In: Part I
May 28 to September 5

The Summer 2016 exhibition Outside In is divided into two parts. This first installation component sees the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery participating as a curatorial partner with CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area) in their 2016 Biennial CAFKA.16: What we do together that we can’t do alone. The Gallery has produced site-specific installations by artists Rory MacDonald, Jasna Sokolovic & Noel O’Connell of Dear Human, Orest Tataryn, and Vanessa Yanow in collaboration with John Tinholt. These works have been created and installed in public spaces in close proximity to the Gallery.

Rory MacDonald’s blue lovers no landscape turns the Silver Lake drainage area into a real-life physical incarnation of the Blue Willow Pattern (an 18th century china pattern containing specific motifs such as a fence, body of water, and a pair of flying birds). Rory references these elements of the pattern with ceramic birds and a banner along the fence. The location and relationship of both components draw attention to the body of water separating each.

Dear Human has subtly infiltrated the Waterloo Public Library with Paperscapes, a paper clay tableau of furniture. The installation invites viewers to explore materiality and functionality of the objects and their surroundings.

Orest Tataryn’s neon work landscape colour field # 17 can be found installed in a window at the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre. This work responds directly to the landscape with bold bands of colour fields signifying the various features of the landscape.

By Hook or By Crook is inspired by an unfinished 1970s hooked rug. Vanessa Yanow in collaboration with John Tinholt have created a new version of this abandoned rug by making an iteration of itself as a carpet that flies on the wall of Lens Mill Store.  Freed from the confines of domesticity and a life of downtrodden drudgery, the rug takes off with such speed that its own floral motif begins to slide off of itself.

Part II of Outside In will feature works by the same artists in the Gallery space.  The new pieces will reference the outdoor public installations.  This second component will open July 10, 2016.

About CAFKA:
Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is a non-profit, artist-run organization that presents a free biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the City of Kitchener and across the Region of Waterloo. Between exhibitions and throughout the year CAFKA promotes art education through its public tours and workshops, videos, public lectures and other ancillary programs and events.

The CAFKA biennial serves as the vehicle for the expression of the community of artists, arts professionals, art students and friends of contemporary art in the public spaces of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, Ontario. It is created to take the experience of contemporary art out of the gallery, to present it as a critical and integral part of community life, and to make that experience accessible to everyone in the Region. The exhibition is curated to engage public discourse around issues of public and private space, bringing groundbreaking artists from around the world to contribute to the discussion. CAFKA is committed to working with local technology companies to support new and experimental work in visualization and communication projects and to develop exploratory humanistic content for existing visualization systems.