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Camp Fires at the Gardiner Shop

Camp Fires at the Gardiner Shop


Camp Fires Exhibition Catalogue


Published on the occasion of World Pride 2014 in Toronto and the exhibition Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette.

The exhibition and catalogue Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette explores the concept of "Camp" as manifested in the works of three important francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette.  “Camp” has been identified as a concept, an aesthetic sensibility, and a form of oppositional critique central to gay and lesbian culture.  Camp has been variously understood to include elements of irony, exaggeration, excess, humour, sentimentality, theatricality, artifice, parody and devotion; as a disputed field of appropriation and counter-appropriation and of alternative signifying codes.

Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette have made “Camp” and gay male culture a central part of their respective artistic practice for more than three decades.  Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has helped drive them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history and contemporary culture.




Adam and Steve Salt and Pepper Shakers
David M. Robinson
$88 (set of 2), porcelain

About The Artist: 
Born in the mountains of eastern British Columbia, David M. Robinson was exposed to the beauty of nature at a very young age as he was growing up on the coast near and around Powell River (hippie parents, bears, sinking boats, near death etc.) the usual experiences a small boy uses to shape and define himself.

His current incarnation is that of a Ceramic Artist and Designer at his studio in Vancouver's Chinatown district. David's porcelain work explores the divinity of natural and organic forms through multiples. His explorations have touched on the inherent beauty and divine perfection of the organic environment and call into question our relationship to the natural world.

"I don't subscribe to any theological practice in particular but when one considers the perfections and limitless systems found within nature, I think its divinity is hard to deny"




Camp Fires "Clay is (so) gay" T-Shirts

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