Future Exhibitions

Embodiment
30 Years of Sculpture by Susan Low-Beer

Sunday, September 23 to Friday, December 28, 2018

Still Dances VII, Susan Low-Beer.

Place of Becoming, installation at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 2016, Susan Low-Beer.

Co-curated by Jasmina Jovanovic and Stuart Reid, Embodiment is a 30-year retrospective of ceramic sculpture by Governor General’s Award-winning artist Susan Low-Beer. The exhibition draws major work from several series of sculptures documenting the artist’s ongoing engagement with the clay body and how it sits in space. Low-Beer’s body of work has pushed the medium of clay into a diversity of manifestations. There is a meditative, spiritual quality to Low-Beer’s human figures that are often gender­less and unclothed, but marked by ornate patterns that reference diverse cultures. Many of the figures are composed of fragments of other figures, other bodies, amalgamated into a new whole. The show culminates with a new installation of figures that are sus­pended, defying gravity, finally free of weight and restriction. The body is a vessel for the spirit and the breath; Low-Beer presents works that prompt a heightened awareness of humanity and a shared perspective on this mortal coil.

5 curled figures from Rocksbreath installation, 2001, Susan Low-Beer.

Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts in the United States at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a major in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She currently teaches and works in Toronto.

Susan Low-Beer will present an artist talk on Saturday, September 22 at 7pm before the public opening of the exhibition on Sunday, September 23 from 2 to 5pm. These events are free, all are welcome.

 

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a contribution from

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Teapot by Judy Donaldson. Winner of the Craft Ontario Best in Show Award 2016.

EARTHBORN 2018

 Sunday, September 23 to Friday, December 28, 2018

Earthborn is an annual, juried exhibition of works by members of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop, a non-profit co-operative organization celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Established in 1968, WPW is located in Waterloo Park and occupies the historic Jacob Eby farmhouse, which functions as a work/learn space for members and a teaching facility for the public. Earthborn was first held in 1976 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and has been hosted at various local galleries over the past 50 years. This year’s juror is Scott Barnim, Toronto-based potter and instructor of ceramics at Sheridan College. Barnim obtained his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Wales and in 2016 received the lifetime achievement award from the City of Hamilton Arts Awards.

Earthborn reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 23 at 1:30pm.