Publication exploring the evolution of craft through the work of five contemporary artists who expand its definition. While each artist addresses particular issues of politics, gender, environment, and history, all the works are linked by the involvement of the hand, the commitment of time and the dedication to precision. Underlying each piece is a deep knowledge of the media and the techniques used to control and work with them. Despite the rampant integration of digital technology into all aspects of our lives, these artists remain committed to the direct involvement of the hand in the creation of unique pieces. The introductory essay is accompanied by individual presentations and artist’s statements.Kye-Yeon Son’s elegant silver compositions embody fragility and resilience. Greg Payce’s practice considers the relationship between vessel and human. Jane Kidd’s tapestries speak to human interaction with the world in which we exist. Cal Lane’s delicate transformations of industrial metal raise questions about femininity/masculinity and ornamentation. Teresa Burrow’s beaded creations speak to spirituality and social issues.
Precise: Craft Refined considers the evolution of craft and how it is understood today. It specifically explores the idea of precision in terms of technique and method of production, an idea essential to the work of the five artists featured: Teresa Burrows, Jane Kidd, Cal Lane, Greg Payce, and Kye-Yeon Son.
Each artist investigates in meticulous detail the physicality of their materials and the intricacy of the applied design, often resulting in objects of great delicacy and refinement. Underlying their work is a deep knowledge of the media involved and the techniques used to control and manipulate them.
Despite the rampant integration of digital and computer technology into all aspects of our lives, these artists have remained committed to the direct involvement of the hand to guide, cut, weave, sew, form, weld, and craft. Their works are technically demanding, innovative, and provocative, combining aesthetic beauty with conceptual vigour.
This publication is the catalogue of the exhibition Precise: Craft Refined held at The Winnipeg Art Gallery September 10, 2011 – January 15, 2012.
Published by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2011, Paperback
English, Colour Photos
Curator: Helen Delacretaz
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