Hosted at the Art Gallery of Burlington's Perry Gallery, the third annual Materialize exhibition highlighted a collection of emerging work that celebrates a diversity of creative, innovative and skilled incarnations of material culture. Juried by Denis Longchamps and Janna Hiemstra, Materialize included the work of:
Every year, Craft Ontario recognizes the very best in contemporary craft through the Craft Awards program. Craft Awards recipients are accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. As part of Craft Ontario’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, and through the generous support of the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, the 2016 award recipients had their work on display as part of a special exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery:
The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the RBC Foundation, the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson and Robertson families.
The Mending Lounge featured nine local artists and designers reviving the art of mending through experimentation, innovation and signature styles over a weekend pop-up event at Craft Ontario. This public event took a participatory approach as it aimed to increase attention to a fading practice.
Mending was once a part of everyday life before unfettered economic growth moved the textile industry offshore and pushed prices down even as it has intensified abuse of labour and environmental degradation. The tragic irony is that while mending is fading from public consciousness in Canada and United States, many people overseas and out of site spend their days in deplorable conditions, sewing cheap, new clothing for the North American market.
Curated by Kathryn Walter of dittybag and Janna Heimstra of Craft Ontario, the artists were selected to reflect a range of approaches through poetics and politics, and inspire a celebratory spirit that will resonate with their audience as they revel in the act of making the old new again.
Featuring the work of:
A solo show of ceramic and mixed media work by Lisa Creskey. Exploring the potential of clay as a sculptural medium and as a painted surface, Creskey investigated concepts of land, landscape, and belonging. Through clay, her collected body of work focused on how social and cultural identities evolves with our sense of belonging to a landscape, and how we manufacture that belonging by transforming nature.
When Horses Walked on Water draws on historical and romantic imagery of Victorian-era Toronto in order to examine ideas of power in relation to culture and nature. By exploring personal connections as associated with the experience of place, Creskey allows individual experience and emotion to articulate the historical narrative at play in her work.
Reveal included current work from the graduating class of the Craft and Design Furniture Program at Sheridan College. Featuring skillfully crafted furniture prototypes from sixteen emerging makers and designers, the exhibition highlighted the culmination of three years of dedicated study.
The selected work on display reflected an abridged exploration of Sheridan’s furniture studio. As a unique, inspired environment in which students build their technical skills and refine their design aesthetic, the studio essentially functions as a laboratory for experimentation. Participants in the program explore a variety of materials, processes and concepts; and under the guidance of skilled mentors, they develop their identities as independent makers.
Reveal explored a variety of approaches to furniture design, and invited celebration of the individual expressions of a group of makers ready to enter the wider craft and design community:
Programmed as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, and taking place as an IDS Cultural Partner event.