New Glass and Ceramics
Artists: Jennifer Jane Allinson, Steve Brown, Andrew Burton, Paul Coldwell, Graham Dolphin, Joel Fisher, Charlotte Hodes, Rob Kesseler, Magdalene Odundo and Brian Thompson
The first ‘Kith and Kin’ exhibition, shown here earlier this year, evolved from the University of Sunderland’s education and research programmes, contacts and networks. This second exhibition again brings together artworks from two creative ‘families’ – Glass and Ceramics. Once again we have invited ‘friends’ from the art world to create a diverse and often surprising take on glass and ceramics to show a breadth of contemporary work.
This time artists are featured who usually work in other mediums, and who are now exploring the potential of glass and ceramics. Much of work shown is new and was developed through ‘mini residencies’ here in the National Glass Centre. This was facilitated by our exceptionally skilled glass and ceramic team and in the high quality workshops in this building.
Ten diverse approaches are shown, which range in terms of meaning and the artist’s relationship to ideas, material and process. Deceptively high making and conceptual skills are evident in the resulting sculptures, 2D works and installations. Subjects range from - the female body and fashion, samurai armour and protection, popular culture and records, walking and mapping, plant DNA and decoration of surface, to stillness and movement, to building structures and conceptual ideas. Similarly a range of techniques is evident from ‘Venetian’ glass blowing, lampworking, printing to CAD drawing. The exhibition offers a glimpse of the great diversity and vibrancy that glass and ceramics can offer when used by skilled artists to communicate ideas.
Curated by Peter Davies and Kevin Petrie
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