The newest exhibit at UBC's Museum of Anthropology features 11 BC-based artists who use ceramic sculpture to comment on social phenomena in the world around them. "Playing With Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary" will run until March 29th, 2020.
DTES Hotel Bowls by Judy Chartrand
This installation is called “if this is what you call being civilized, I’d rather go back to being a savage” and speaks about the waves of settlers coming to Vancouver and subsequent changes in the environment. Each hotel was displayed along with a ceramic bowl painted with cockroaches. The “Go back to your own country” bowl was particularly controversial.
The Brendan Lee Satish Tang Installation
This work comments on identity.
Tang's collection was one of my favorites. His pottery was a mishmash of two different worlds – beautiful traditional Chinese painting on the vases but with parts of modern technology like cables and antennas sticking out.
Tree House by Jeremy Hatch
This is a very large sculpture of a tree. The textures of the bark and the details in the knots are life-like. I was also intrigued at how everything was internally supported without breaking, since ceramic branches can add quite a lot of stress at the connection point to the trunk. This piece is about memory, nostalgia, and loss.
Antechamber by Ian Johnston
This piece is called "Antechamber." These four walls of repetitive plates can initially confuse viewers. From far away, the texture of the ceramic looks fabric. Gallery viewers spend a lot of time here observing Johnston's displays from from away. Antechamber is "a comment on mass condumption, and the relentless repetition points to the enormity of what we produce, only to become waste."