Local glass and clay exhibit goes beyond grandma’s ceramics

Taking place at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, the event features appearances from 2022 RBC Prize for Glass winners Jared Last and Matthew O’Reilly

Featuring some 50 artists from across Canada, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery launched two major exhibitions this week, Voices and Emergence.

In honor of the opening, the Gallery will host an opening reception and awards show today from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the artists.

“I hope you will join us in celebrating these new exhibitions and the fantastic work of emerging and established artists on display here,” Denis Longchamps, the Gallery’s Managing Director and Chief Curator, said in a statement. hurry.

Featuring the work of forty selected artists from across Canada, Voices dissects issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada. An accompanying catalog will flesh out the works on display, offering a look at artists’ practices and experiences through essays by fourteen writers.

“Voice and Emergence are indicative of two elements of the Gallery’s mission,” said Longchamps. “First, to continue to exhibit the work of diverse artists who are representative of our local and national communities, and second, to support the work of emerging artists in their development, ensuring a strong and vibrant future for ceramics, glass and glass. porcelain enamel in Canada. »

Emergence celebrates with the winners and finalists of the RBC Prize for Glass, Canada’s most prestigious prize for glass, and the Winfred Shantz Prize for ceramics. The works presented in the exhibition aim to demonstrate the impressive technique and creativity of the next generation of Canadian ceramic and glass artists.

The 2022 winners, Jared Last and Matthew O’Reilly, will attend the opening reception to receive their prizes.

O’Reilly creates satirical ceramic monuments in an attempt to conceptualize the self not as an individual, but as a community.

“I am particularly concerned with subverting a sculptural embodiment of masculinity…I do this by dissecting the body into distorted fragments that come together to solicit curiosity and repulsion,” O’Reilly said in an exhibition statement on its website. “I aim to do reflective work that pushes, pulls and complicates dialogues around identity.”

Originally from Revelstoke, British Columbia, with a degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design with honors in glass, Last has received numerous scholarships throughout his career, studying at both the Corning Museum of Glass and at the Pilchuck Glass School. Last’s work combines color and pattern with the architecture and optical properties of glass to create works that are both functional and sculptural. Aiming to “draw his viewers inwards”, Last sees glass as a primarily functional medium and emphasizes the subtle aspects so that outsiders can experience glass from his perspective.

Further information on both exhibitions can be found on the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery website.

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