Intimate/Immediate Ceramics Exhibit Opening

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Intimate/Immediate ceramics exhibit opened in the Sheridan Gallery to much interest and support from faculty and students, who spent the lunch hour marveling at the extensive range of ceramic art on display.
Linda explained the exhibition as follows: “In this time of extraordinary speed and mass intimacy, potters, ceramic artists and designers offer to tell their stories slowly and by hand.The close attention that we pay to materials and to the elements keep us grounded in the natural world. We move fluidly, deftly between the earth and high technology.  A rush of flame is echoed by sparks of instant virtual connection.  This year’s exhibition expresses the vitality of making things in a contemporary, global context.  The work reaches out, like a text or a tweet, hopeful for human interaction.  Any doubts feel as light as air.”
Among the more unique projects on display was a video projected onto four curved slip porcelain hangings by Hana Balaban-Pommier, who collaborated with her daughter, video DJ Kristyna Balaban, with the support of Sheridan technologist Emiliano Paternostro. By curving her ceramic hangings, Hana created complex shapes and utilized projection-mapping software to effectively drape the video images over her hangings in a way that can only be fully understood in person (so please visit the exhibit before it comes down on Jan. 24).
Other highlights in this exhibit include a large display by Habiba El-Sayed called SuburbArabia, which attempts to reconcile the cultural differences between the artist’s Muslim neighbourhood in Scarborough and her art school experience in Oakville. There are also several displays creatively featuring eggs, a visceral ceramic interpretation of Infection by Christina Hodge, a two-sided head by Huang Jing, and all kinds of mysterious shapes by Marissa Alexander.  Trevor Novak brought a sense of humour to the gallery with his Egg Monster and Bacon Belly Pig, and many more students showed in this exhibit that ceramic art goes far beyond mugs and bowls.
The exhibit runs in Sheridan’s Gallery in the AA-Wing at 1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, from January 10 – 24, and entry is free. The gallery is open 1-am – 7pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am – 5pm on Friday.

The ceramics program is part of Sheridan’s new Bachelor of Crafts and Design. To learn more about that program, click here.

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