Greg Payce: Illusions
February 2 – May 6, 2012
Greg Payce is recognized internationally for his unique ceramic works combining vase forms with precisely articulated profiles. When properly aligned, illusionary images, most often of human figures, appear in the negative spaces between the vases.
Starting in 2007, the artist began to create large-scale lenticular photographs of major pieces, opening new possibilities for seeing and experiencing the original works. Lenticular photographs incorporate digitally re-mastered images and lenses to create startling three-dimensional illusions. He also began to work with video projected on to moving works, creating mesmerizing sequences that relate decorative motifs found around the globe to contemporary ceramics practice.
In this exhibition, important early works indicating the artist’s growing fascination with image, decoration, history and technology will be displayed in the Focus Gallery amidst the Museum’s rich collection of historical ceramics. Major new works from the last five years will be exhibited in the George R. Gardiner Gallery including original ceramic artworks, lenticular photographs created from these artworks and large-scale video projections.
Visitors will experience the work in a variety of arrangements, formats and scales. This exhibition showcases one of Canada’s most innovative and productive ceramic artists, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to expanding the expressive and conceptual range of ceramic art.
Rule Britannia! 400 Years of British Ceramics
May 31 – September 16, 2012
Over the past three centuries, the British ceramics industry has played a leading role in the world market. From the mid-1700s onwards, British ceramics informed the life style and taste in most Canadian homes. The exhibition Rule Britannia! Four Centuries of British Ceramics examines the evolution of form, technology and such popular art as Royal commemoratives using examples from the collections of the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum as well as from private collections. This exhibition is scheduled to coincide with Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics in London. It will contribute another dimension to the British themes that will be prominent in the Canadian media in mid-2012.
Joanne Tod: Invited Invasion
September 6 – November 11, 2012
Toronto artist Joanne Tod is best known for her highly realistic paintings of people and places. Usually based on photographs, Tod’s paintings raise complex and sometimes uncomfortable questions about identity, power and cultural values. Her work has been widely exhibited within Canada and can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Musée d’art contemporain, as well as many private and corporate collections. For the Gardiner Museum, Tod will create approximately 25 painted plates and five paintings that respond to the Museum’s historical collections.
RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award Award
September 4 – October 7, 2012
RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award promotes and recognizes the next generation of Canadian artists.
The Chinese Vase Project
October 11, 2012 – January 13, 2013
The Vase Project celebrates the art of copying and the role of the anonymous artist in Jingdezhen, China. Working with 101 blank vases, the curators created a visual chain letter selecting factory workers and independent workshops around the city to copy and hand-paint a blue and white contemporary landscape based on their original sketch of the smoke stacks of Jingdezhen. The project took place sequentially over a two year period: the first factory artist received their sketch which he/she copied on a blank vessel which was then fired and passed on to the next artist to copy on a new identical green blank vase and so on. This exhibition reveals that even when working by rote or mimetically the anonymous artist’s individual brushstrokes contribute to a singular one-off aesthetic within mass-production.
Why Make (in China?): Canadians Go East
October 11, 2012 – January 13, 2013
This exhibition explores the allure of China, specifically the “porcelain” city of Jingdezhen, for Canadian ceramic artists. Over the past decade, many leading and emerging Canadian ceramists have undertaken residencies and taught there, including: Ann Mortimer, Susan Collett, Jackson Li all from Ontario, Sin-Ying Ho, currently based in New York, and Paul Mathieu in Vancouver. This exhibition will focus on how these artists update and reinterpret the age-old tradition of blue and white porcelain.
Connections: British and Canadian Studio Pottery
May 31 – December 30, 2012
By presenting approximately 40 to 60 domestic wares and functional objects, this small but important exhibition will highlight such themes as colonialism, immigration, apprenticeship, education, and the shift from Anglo-Asian pedagogies (Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew and Michael Casson, for example) to a more sculptural and ornamental direction (Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Janice Tchalenko). The exhibition investigates the ties that bind, underscoring the challenges of adopting, subverting and ultimately transcending British influences. Drawing from the Gardiner Museum’s collections, Canadian artists include: Louis Hanssen, Robin Hopper, John Chalke, Sam Uhlick, Roger Kerslake, Scott Barnim, and Thomas Aitken.
Harlequinade: Kate Hyde
November 16 – January 5, 2013
Kate Hyde presents a series of tableaus inspired by the Harlequinade and the Gardiner collection. These new tableaus will explore the onstage and the backstage world of theatre.