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Gardiner Museum



January 13, 2012

Greg Payce: Illusions at the Gardiner Museum

Solo exhibition of the technically brilliant, playful and captivating
multi-media work of a senior Canadian artist

TORONTO, January 13, 2012 – The Gardiner Museum will celebrate the New Year by recognizing Canadian ceramic artist Greg Payce with a solo exhibition. Greg Payce: Illusions (February 2 - May 6, 2012) features the signature ceramic installations that elevated Payce to superstar status in the ceramics community and brought him to the attention of the contemporary art world, as well as his more recent large scale lenticular photographs and video works. Payce’s work is steeped in history and also very contemporary. Technically brilliant, it surprises and delights by playing with our perceptions.  

Greg Payce: Illusions is the first exhibition to be presented by the Gardiner Museum under the auspices of the Raphael Yu Centre of Canadian Ceramics. The Yu Centre is a virtual destination accessible via the Gardiner Museum’s web site, (www.gardinermuseum.com) which was created to celebrate Canadian ceramic art and artists.

In this exhibition, guest curated by Amy Gogarty – Vancouver-based writer and artist,

Payce’s important early works, which document his growing fascination with image, decoration, history and technology, will be displayed in the Museum’s second floor Focus Gallery amidst the Museum’s remarkable collection of historical ceramics. 

Payce’s large scale installations and photographs will be on view in the Museum’s third floor gallery. Payce began to create large-scale lenticular photographs of major pieces in 2007 to create new ways of seeing and experiencing his ceramic sculptures. He also began to work with video projected on to moving works, to create mesmerizing sequences that relate historic decorative motifs to contemporary ceramic practice.

Payce’s work has been included in a number of public and private collections. He recently completed a large-scale commission for the Calgary International Airport and a major installation for the newly built Canadian embassy in Seoul, Korea.

Greg Payce: Illusions showcases one of Canada’s most innovative and productive ceramic artists. As the Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, celebrating the work of internationally recognized artists like Greg Payce is an integral part of our mandate,” said Executive Director Alexandra Montgomery.  “This exhibition recognizes a senior artist for his contribution to the field, and should help to introduce a broad public to his work.”

Exhibition-Related Programs

In Conversation:  Artists Greg Payce and Exhibition Curator Amy Gogarty, moderated by Gardiner Museum Senior Curator Rachel Gotlieb
Tuesday January 31, 2012 6:30 - 8 pm
$15 General Public / $10 Gardiner Members

About the Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum connects people, art and ideas by offering an intimate look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms - ceramics. The Museum’s collections span continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.

The Gardiner Museum has a collection database which includes information on the museum’s permanent collections is now available on the Museum’s new website.  This comprehensive collections database gives scholars, artists and the general public access to up to date information on the objects in the Gardiner Museum’s extensive collections.

The Museum also features a café that serves delicious fare prepared by Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about the museum and its exhibitions can be found online at www.gardinermuseum.com.

Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online media room (www.gardinermuseum.com/news-and-media) where they may download images and additional media materials.

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