Making art defines my life. My attempt to expose the making process is an autobiographical narrative. Looking, translating and making are mixed together in which the boundary between art and life become tangled. The everyday is interpreted, re-contextualized and abstracted as a reflection of life. I adopt direct techniques to allow forms to be quickly realized. I set up systems to allow for error, gaps in rationale, and open-ended possibilities to add tension to the work and my process. I examine the intersection between reality and fiction from the obscure to the generic. I use my own language of line, volume and composition to make sense of the overlaps which occur in the studio (my reality), the home (everyone’s reality) and the gallery (the reality of art).
Originally from Toronto, Zimra Beiner studied Ceramics at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design program in Oakville, Ontario in 2008 and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax graduating in 2009. He received an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. He has taught at Bowling Green State University and is currently a full-time Instructor in Ceramics at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work is in the collections of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (Gloryhole Collection), Alfred, New York and the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Zimra Beiner’s work combines the idea of the functional with the purely formal. His sense of composition and spatial consideration echoes earlier modernist approaches. Yet, his take is a contemporary one, a delimitation of a dream-like space of representation embodying re-contextualised everyday objects.
Diane Charbonneau, Nominator
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art