ACAD + ATB Present | Tempered Transformation
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 until Friday, February 22, 2019
WHERE: ATB Branch for Arts + Culture (102-8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta)
Tempered Transformation is a survey exhibition of work from the Alberta College of Art + Design’s (ACAD) School of Craft + Emerging Media, featuring work from current students, faculty and alumni of the Ceramics program. The title is a reference to the discipline and control necessary to work in a medium overwhelmed by change.
As a survey exhibition, the theme of Tempered Transformation is centered around the inherent properties of ceramics, showcasing the traditional and contemporary practices surrounding the medium. The majority of the work created in ACAD's Ceramics department is produced using Plainsman Clays, an Albertan company founded by previous ACAD instructor, Luke Lindoe (1913-2000). All of the work on display is therefore connected to the history of ceramics in Alberta through the local materials the artists in the exhibition utilize.
Tempered Transformation is a testament to the rich history of ceramics at ACAD and in Alberta and the hopeful future of ceramics as a medium within contemporary art, craft and design.
About the Artists
A visionary in his time, Luke Lindoe was a researcher, ceramicist and creative entrepreneur. Born in Bashaw, Alberta, Lindoe studied ceramics, painting and sculpture and spent a period of time mapping geological deposits of clay in the Whitemud Formation in Cypress Hills. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Ceramics department at ACAD, where he was an instructor from 1947-1957. Lindoe’s practice was rooted in abstract, richly layered patterning and he was one of the first Canadian ceramicists to receive commissions for public murals, one example being the St. Mary’s Cathedral.
In the early 1960’s, Lindoe established Plainsman Clays, which is now a major ceramic supplier across Canada and the U.S. and supports Medalta in the Historical Clay District, which hosts the Artists-In-Residence program and attracts artists from across the world.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (BA), the University of Regina (BFA Ceramics), and the Alberta College of Art + Design (MFA Craft Media), Rob began his professional ceramic practice in Japan, where he exhibited extensively while operating a studio in Shizuoka prefecture from 1998-2015. Since attending the first Medalta Shaw International Centre for Ceramics Residency in Medicine Hat in 2009 as an invited artist, Rob has maintained a regular working connection with Medalta while making return trips to Japan. He is currently based at Medalta as an Artist in Residence where he is furthering his work with soda fired pottery and ceramic installation.
Melanie Gaudet is a ceramic artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and is currently a long term resident artist at Medalta in Medicine Hat. Melanie has exhibited at the Fifth Parallel Gallery at the University of Regina, University of Manitoba, as well as the Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT space, and cSPACE in Calgary, Alberta.
Currently living in Southern California, Heather Lott graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics.
Her work is centered around creating objects based in ideas of function and finding ways of blurring boundaries.
Caelan Clark is a ceramic artist from Vancouver BC. Through their youth they worked with clay through various youth programs and community studios. They completed the ceramic studio certificate program at Kootenay Studio Arts in Nelson BC before moving to Calgary Alberta to tackle their BFA at Alberta College of Art + Design.
Karen Ho Fatt Lee
Karen Ho Fatt Lee is a designer and visual artist living in Bragg, Creek, Alberta. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Interior Design, Architecture program.
Karen is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the Alberta Collage of Art + Design. Her creations and commissions can be found in various regions of Alberta including, Camrose, Calgary, Red Deer and St. Albert.
Kim Korol was born in 1966 and grew up on a farm in Southwestern Manitoba. She then worked on ranches for 25 years where she gained a strong connection to the land. Kim is now based in Calgary, Alberta and is currently completing her 4th and final year at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Kim’s work is a study of the relationship between man’s labours, time and nature.
Daniel Labutes is a potter from Calgary Alberta. He is enrolled at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where he is working towards his BFA in Ceramics. Formerly a chef, he combines his interests of food and domesticity into how he creates his work
“I am an artist, designer and maker from Milwaukee, WI, USA - now living in Calgary, AB, Canada. I serve as Assistant Professor in Object Making and Emerging Technologies at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where I run the Object Design and Fabrication program. I also founded the Thing Tank: ACAD's interdisciplinary lab for tinkering, prototyping and digital fabrication.”
“My own practice is rooted in the intersection between the adjacent disciplines of art, design and engineering. My studio research employs emerging technological tools and processes to examine relationships between humans and the machines they create.”
“I was born in Montreal, Quebec. Following graduation from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. I continued to develop my throwing skills through apprenticeships and production potting in both Europe and the United States. I received my MFA from NSCAD University in 2009.” “Committed to the joys of working in earthenware, which I describe as chocolate porcelain, I continue to explore the making of functional ceramics both on and off the wheel. I am intrigued by the capacity of utilitarian objects to convey a part of the maker and making process to the user. While at work, I remain aware that the choices I make in the studio have the potential to affect the way the final object is perceived and used.”