Precise: Craft Refined
September 11, 2011 to January 15, 2012
Iron wheelbarrows as delicate as lace. Silver wire soldered into fairy-like fragility. This exhibition brings together five contemporary artists who integrate beads, fibres, clay, silver and industrial metals into works of art that expand the definition of craft. The laborious production techniques result in skillfully constructed and conceptually complex pieces. While the artists are addressing particular issues of politics, gender, environment, and historical context/precedent, all the works are linked by the involvement of the hand, the commitment of time, the dedication to precision, and the creation of objects of exquisite beauty. Underlying the artists’ work is a deep knowledge of the media and the techniques used to control and work with them. For each artist, the involvement of the hand is key; each work is unique and wrought from the interaction between concept, hand, and material. The hand guides, cuts, weaves, sews, forms, welds, crafts and brings into existence the work. The hand is integral to the equation.
Kye-Yeon Son was the 2011 Governor General Award Winner (Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft.) Her elegant and restrained compositions in silver consider the natural environment, speaking to its fragility, resilience, and enduring presence in our lives.
Greg Payce’s practice considers the relationship between vessel and human, and our interaction with both the physical presence and the void created/filled by objects. Jane Kidd’s exquisite tapestries speak to human interaction with the world in which we exist, our need to understand as well as control it.
Cal Lane transforms metal most commonly used in industrial industry into delicate, lacy statements that question ideas of preciousness, femininity/masculinity, artifice, and ornamentation.Teresa Burrow’s incredible beaded creations speak to spirituality, to social issues, and to women’s rights and power. Reimagining and reinterpreting cultural myths and storybook tales, she roots her work within her experience of living in Thompson and Northern Manitoba.
The work in Precise: Refined is provocative. It is visually accessible, instinctively engaging, and aesthetically rewarding. It aims to surprise, to awe, and to expand visitor’s interpretation of craft as it is practiced in the 21st century.
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Past Programs & Events
Embark on your own beadwork project with Precise artist Teresa Burrows
Saturday, September 17, 2011 to Sunday, September 18, 2011
A special day just for WAG membes and their friends with curator tours of these exhibitions.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 11am to 5pm
Saturday October 1, 2011 at 7pm
Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 7pm to 8pm
Discover the astonishing work of five contemporary artists working in diverse media: metal, clay, and fibre.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 12:10pm to 1pm
Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Closed Easter Monday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day