Announcing the publication of Seeking the Nuance (second edition).
Glenn Lewis, Phyllis Schwartz, and Debra Sloan present the second edition of Seeking the Nuance with new essays, photographs and glaze recipes. In this second edition is new historical information and discussion about how the Leach/Mingei philosophy continues to influence many studio practices within the BC ceramic culture.
The 2010 edition of Seeking the Nuance was based on Glenn Lewis’s 1970s glaze recipe card files that had evolved from his early 1960s apprenticeship with Bernard Leach. One of the main outcomes of this publication is an academic research written by Alex Lambley, a doctoral candidate at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall.
According to Debra Sloan these recipes not only demonstrate the numerous influences imported to British Columbia, but also they convey how information is utilized, especially in the constructed and geographically sequestered cultural environment in BC. Phyllis Schwartz believes that sharing these recipes will continue conversation amongst potters as they seek to nuance these heritage recipes work within their own practices.
Seeking the Nuance will be launched at the Best of BC (Gallery of BC Ceramics, 09 March) and the Canadian Clay Symposium (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 18 March). It will also be available for purchase at the Gallery of BC Ceramics (Granville Island, 1359 Cartwright Street) for $25. A portion of the sales goes to the Maureen Wright Scholarship Fund (Northwest Ceramics Foundation).
Telling Stories — a visual art exhibition, my most recent Best B4 Collective project co-curated with Alison Keenan, presents the work of nine Vancouver artists telling stories in a variety of media. We have selected artists who both tell stories about contemporary issues and push the boundaries of their artistic medium. The exhibition opens 07 November at the On-Tak Gallery in the Chinese Cultural Centre and runs through 19 December.
Urban and environmental issues are the predominant themes running through the stories in this exhibition. Alison Keenan uses scale to tell visual stories about the territorial clash between avian and human creatures. Edward Peck’s photographs zoom into Berlin graffiti to re-tell the on-going stories found in the urban streetscape. My Salton Sea series pictures surreal environmental devastation caused by the food and computer industries situated on the US-Mexican border.
Phyllis Schwartz: Evidence
Edward Peck: Looking Outward
Alison Keenan: Avian Fables 3
New to the Best B4 Collective are six artists who tell stories using fibre and installation art. Daphne Harwood uses the quilting medium to document urban transformation where once stood Imagination Market on the north shore of False Creek. Sophi Liang installs a ladder which holds traditional books to deconstruct traditional Chinese cultural values transplanted in a new cultural landscape. Colette Lisoway’s multi-screen prints build up a new image of a multicultural society in a rapidly changing community.
Daphne Harwood: My Map of the Imagination Market
Sophi Leung: Where Does the Ladder Lead Us?
Colette Lisoway: Happy to Meet You
Uncanny stories are told in sculpture, painting and photography, stories that reframe the issues of environmental, urban and cultural conflict. Debra Sloan’s sculptures freeze tense, mischievous moments. June Yun’s paintings might look like misty Chinese countryside landscapes, but they are in fact stories of pollution that causes a nuclear winter. The tension in Jim Friesen’s stormy skies tell stories about the cycle of tension and release, a metaphor for many of the issues presented in the stories in this exhibition.
June Yun: Cloud Dream B
Debra Sloan: Travellers to the Coast
Jim Friesen: Iona Island Confession
Each weekend, free community events will be offered to the public, and during the week, participating artists will be working with students in the community who visit the exhibition. Further details are found on the Events Page of the Best B4 Collective Blog.
The Tree: Literal and Figurative, an exhibition curated by Alison Keenan and Phyllis Schwartz, expresses the theme of nature as experienced in forests, the built environment and as raw material for industry. This group exhibition presents images and impressions of the tree in a variety of media. The artists from BestB4 Collective are graduates from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia. The purpose of this exhibition is to show the tree as a common link in Canadian culture that provides a canopy, which spans all cultures, communities, collectives, artists, and individuals.
Exhibiting artists include Ellen Bang (mixed media sculpture installation), Chu Yin Tak (mixed media paper installation), Pauline Doyle (mixed media figurative ceramics), Alison Keenan (acrylic on canvas), Anna Ruth (installation drawings), Edward Peck (large scale photography), Connie Sabo (mixed media sculpture installation) and Phyllis Schwartz (lumen prints on fibre).
Artists’ Talk and Exhibition Catalog Launch
The Tree: Landscape, Culture and Identity
Join exhibiting artists in a conversation about their art making process and current exhibition at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum. Exhibition Catalogue is available for $15 at the CCCM though 17 February or BLURB Publications
Saturday January 25, 2014 2-4pm (Free admission)
555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC
The Anonymous Show — One (or more) of my collage/paintings will be featured in the Anonymous Show, a fun exhibition and fundraising event for the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Shop for a reasonably priced seasonal a gift that keeps on giving. Sale and Opening: Thursday, 24 November, 7 – 9:30 PM, continuing until 17 December (Cityscapes, 355 Lonsdale, North Vancouver). http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/anonymous-art-show
6 x 6 Exhibition and Sale (Port Moody Art Centre until 18 December)
6 x 6 Exhibit and Silent Auction —The annual 6 x 6 Exhibit and Silent Auction is on show until 19th December at the Port Moody Art Centre. This exhibit includes a showcase of my small sculptural work. The show is a fundraiser for the arts centre, and as of opening night, there were bids on all of my works. Here’s another opportunity to give a gift of art that keeps on giving, and a bonus opporunity to drive the scenic route to Port Moody. http://www.pomoarts.ca/gallery/current-exhibit
Aberthau Winter Pottery Sale — Save the date: Saturday, 03 December (from 10 AM – 4PM) for a festive opportunity to shop for fun, funky and functional pottery at the Aberthau Potters Club Winter Pottery Sale at the West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Avenue. Among these fine offerings will be my new and always surprising ceramic works: everything from decorative mushrooms to more Winter White Fine Living Ceramics. http://www.aberthaupotters.com/index.html