Current Exhibitions

April 8 to September 2, 2018

Then, Now and Next

Curated by Sheila McMath

Opening Reception: April 8 at 2:00pm. This event is free and all are welcome. 

The Journey (detail), 2018, Susan Edgerley

The Gallery’s 25th Anniversary exhibition, Then, Now and Next is an invitational show featuring six acclaimed Canadian artists, Samantha Dickie, Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Zachari Logan, Audie Murray and Peter Powning. The exhibition celebrates artists at various stages of their careers. Some have a long history with the Gallery; all are making their mark in contemporary ceramics and glass.

Ruby, 2016, Irene Frolic. Photo: Rebekah D’Amboise Tremblay

Established artists Susan Edgerley and Irene Frolic, both members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, use glass for its inherent metaphorical references to the ethereal qualities of life and its fragility. Their work also utilizes the poetic potential of glass to speak about the human condition and the ephemeral beauty of the natural world. Edgerley and Frolic were both participants in the Gallery’s inaugural exhibition and we are pleased to invite them back to celebrate their accomplished careers. 

Artist Peter Powning, recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award in 2006, is engaged in experimentation with many different materials including ceramic, glass, stone and bronze. Powning’s practice encompasses work at various scales from small vessels to large sculptural objects to a public installation. Powning is viewed as an inspirational leader for his study of the ‘elemental’ aspects of materials, his technical proficiency and the way that his practice appears to move fluidly and seamlessly among various media.Contemporary ceramic artist Samantha Dickie has received attention and acclaim for the quiet power of her installations. For this exhibition, Dickie will debut a new work made of over 1,000 porcelain components. Her work encourages viewers to carefully observe subtle variations of handmade objects and to pause in her immersive environments. 

Fragmented Plate Pair – Bold, 2017, Peter Powning

All We Can Do Is Keep Breathing (detail), 2018. Samantha Dickie. Photo: Cathie Ferguson

Zachari Logan and Audie Murray have been invited to participate in this exhibition to represent the expansive, interdisciplinary approach embodied by many ‘next‘ generation artists. Logan’s work, Fountain, is made of multiple, intricately sculpted ceramic flowers, accumulated and assembled into a monumental column. The artist adds new ceramic flowers each time he exhibits the work, continuing his meditations on mortality, memory and loss.

Fountain (detail), 2013 (ongoing). Zachari Logan

 

Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary M├ętis artist who has received attention for her integration of floral bead work on common, everyday objects. In Murray’s work, Fragments of Language, viewers will be greeted in three languages – French, Cree and Michif. Murray’s work will encourage viewers to consider the simultaneous fragility and resilience of culture, language and nature. 

Fragments of Language: Birch&Beads, 2016, Audie Murray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An integral part of this exhibition is also the In Memoriam section, which features work from the Gallery’s collection, and pays tribute to the makers of ceramic, glass and enamel art who we have lost over the last 25 years.

Join us for an Artist Talk with Irene Frolic on April 7 at 7:30pm and the Opening Reception on April 8 at 2:00pm. The artists will be in attendance. These events are free and all are welcome. 

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Thank you to our funders and supporters: 

   
     
     

The Estate of J. Douglas McCullough

Bill Poole & Louise Dzuryk

Randall Howard & Judy McMullan

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