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Camp Fires Panel Discussion With the Artists and Curator

Camp Fires Panel Discussion With the Artists and Curator

Tuesday May 27, 2014, 7 - 8:30 PM

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Join Camp Fires curator Robin Metcalfe as he moderates a panel discussion with artists Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette.


Robin Metcalfe

Robin Metcalfe is a writer, critic, and curator. He works with a range of media and cultural practices, including visual arts, architecture, craft and design, with a particular interest in issues of post-diasporic and Queer identities, gender and the body. His fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in five languages, on four continents, in fifteen anthologies, and in over sixty magazines. He was short-listed in 2004 for a National Magazine Award for his article, “Specular Towers: Architecture and the Aerial View,” in the Toronto magazine Prefix Photo. His exhibitions include Entangled Particles: Four Contemporary Chinese Artists (2013), Micah Lexier & Kelly Mark: Head-to-Head (2011), and Queer Looking, Queer Acting: Lesbian and Gay Vernacular (MSVU Art Gallery, 1997). Among his international projects are HX: Halifax Exhibition of International Contemporary Art for the Contemporary Art Projects Society in 2000, and a publication launched at the 2008 Sydney Biennale. He has lectured widely, served on many award juries, and edited several periodicals, serving as Editor-at-Large and Halifax correspondent for C Magazine from 1994 to 2001. He was Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum London, in Ontario, from 2001 to 2004, and since then has been Director/Curator of Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax.



opold L. Foulem

Born in Caraquet, New Brunswick in 1945, he received his M.F.A. from Indiana State University in 1988.  He has received the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award in 1999 and the Saidye Bronfman Award in 2001.  He was the Bronfman’s first recipient from the Atlantic Provinces.   In 2003, he received a prix Éloizes, the prestigious Acadian cultural award.  His work has been seen in over 40 solo and over 230 group exhibitions.  His work is in 24 public collections on three continents.

Foulem is a world authority on Picasso’s ceramic work, and has collected documentation on the subject over the past 25 years, with his research resulting in a number of publications.  He is among the first Canadian ceramicists to have his work collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, and by the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.  His work combines playfulness and humour with an engagement of historic traditions, including classical Chinese, French and pre-Columbian ceramics.  His work bridges the space between popular culture and high art in a single leap.

His mentorship of Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette, and of the late Jeannot Blackburn, has created a legacy beyond his own substantial body of work.




Paul Mathieu

Born in 1954, Paul Mathieu received an M.F.A. from University of California at Los Angeles in 1987 and teaches at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.  He has received many awards including the Grand Prix des Metiers d'Art in 1985, the Chalmers Award in Crafts in 2000, the Sadye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts, and the Governor General Award in Visual Arts in 2007.  He is the author of Sexpots: Eroticism in Ceramics, published by A&C Black in England.  It features erotic ceramics from the Neolithic period to today with an emphasis on the work of more than 100 international contemporary artists.  He also edited the book The Art of the Future: 14 essays on Ceramics

Mathieu has been artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, the Tama Art Studios in Machida, Japan and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.   He has made four separate stays at the San Bao International Ceramics Studio in Jingdezhen, China to research and realize new works. 

His work is in numerous public collections including Musée du Québec, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Musée des Beaux-Arts both in Montreal, and the Gardiner Museum for Ceramic Art; Shigaraki in Japan; the Victoria & Albert Museum in England, and the L.A. County Art Museum in California. 




Richard Milette

Born in Montreal in 1960, Richard Milette has work in public collections in Canada and the United States including the Canada Council Art Bank, Burlington Cultural Centre, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Gardiner Museum, the Musée du Québec, and the Royal Ontario Museum; the Allan Chasanoff Collection (North Carolina), the Racine Art Museum (Wisconsin), and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (Alfred New York).  His work has been seen in exhibitions in Montreal, Quebec City, London (Ontario), Toronto, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and New York. 

Milette juggles different eras and genres from the history of ceramics, undermining the utility of conventional forms. 









IMAGES FROM TOP: opold L. Foulem, Juicy Banana (1976), Paul Mathieu, Camouflage series (B. v G.) (2005), Richard Milette, Guasparre (2000)



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