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Visual Arts Exhibitions Spring 2014

April 12 - June 15, 2014

Jay Joo. How Big is Yours?, 2014. Sterling silver. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Jesse Bromm, Nick Chase, Sarah Dobranowski, Malcolm Halley, Jay Joo, Andrea Kott, K. Claire MacDonald, Janet Macpherson, Shane McNutt, Heather Rathbun, Shawna Tabacznik, Silvia Taylor

Curated by Melanie Egan & Patrick Macaulay

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Boasting is so un-Canadian. We tend to humbly receive accolades and modestly accept praise. However, after 40 years of presenting some of the best in craft and design in Canada, we deserve to crow a little.

– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design and Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts

Profiles

Jesse Bromm

Using miniatures, found objects, animal parts and glass in combination, I augment one’s perception of reality or aspects of everyday life with which I struggle. My work discusses the sense of a dual reality between surface culture and what is buried underneath.

I do this primarily by using glass for its historical context/innate physical properties but also for its symbolism in modern culture. When you look outside your window at a tree you are not actually seeing that tree, you are getting the information about that tree from the glass as light passes through it. This makes glass the perfect material for the discussion of assumed knowledge and easily opens a dialogue about what’s placed in and around it, analytically or emotionally.

– Jesse Bromm

Jesse Bromm graduated from Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, majoring in Glass. Bromm’s work reflects his inner discomfort and perception of the outside world. He creates miniature dioramas of human behavior that address these concerns. Figures are tangible and relatable, but the found objects are hidden; mediated by the glass’s quality to distort. The glass becomes a metaphor for our altered perception of reality. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2011.

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Nick Chase

Glassware created as unique and handcrafted pieces, can be a simple and understated way to celebrate and embed artistry in the everyday. The home is one of the most intimate spaces for art to be showcased and seen. Handcrafted glass works have a utilitarian aspect that adds significance to the connection that develops between each piece and its user. These works enhance and highlight the experience for which they were created – inspiring conversation, pleasure and aesthetic enjoyment in routine tasks.

– Nick Chase

Nick Chase graduated from Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, majoring in Glass. He is influenced by natural and urban landscapes and often refers back to his New Brunswick roots. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme in 2009.

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Sarah Dobranowski

Much like jewellery, lace has historically been used as a decorative element and a way to show off wealth and prestige. Lace was transferable from one article of clothing to another, making its value transferable, and it could easily transform clothing to follow different styles of fashion. By casting actually pieces of lace and playing with the ideas of texture and pattern, I create modern-day collars, stomachers and cuffs that explore the relationship between delicate, airy lace and the heavier weight of metal.

– Sarah Dobranowski

Sarah Dobranowski graduated from George Brown College with a Jewellery Arts Diploma and Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and teaching certificate. Dobranowski’s works are often influenced by nature and she enjoys incorporating humour in her pieces, often using found objects or recycled materials. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre Artist-in-Residence programme in 2009.

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Malcolm Halley

The Cutlery Roll was designed as functional storage for silverware. Inspired by traditional tool rolls, with capacity for a complete dinner set, this product offers a practical way to both present and store precious cutlery. The roll features a rugged waxed canvas shell with soft cotton lining, and accented with a hand-hewn leather closure. These rich materials will age beautifully with use.

– Malcom Halley

Malcolm Halley is a Toronto designer and maker whose goal is to fill the gaps within the Canadian menswear market. Malcolm strives to produce timeless hand-made bags and accessories that integrate urban city life and his Canadian heritage – offering a new perspective on carrying your life around.

Halley graduated from Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, major in Textiles. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2013.

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Jay Joo

One of the most common uses of jewellery and body ornament throughout human history has been to proclaim one’s social status. In medieval times, those with authority often carried special signet rings, pins, or necklaces to indicate their power. Today we express our status through engagement rings and wedding bands.

With the De Beers’ successful marketing campaign, a diamond’s purity and sparkle have now become symbols of the depth of a man’s commitment to the woman he loves and, of course, bigger stone means bigger love.

Not everybody, but some people who see another’s diamond engagement ring will quickly calculate how much that ring costs and extrapolate from that a judgment about your economic/social status – and sometimes even about your entire life.

I bet most engaged ladies will or would like to ask this question: how big is yours?

– Jay Joo

Jay Joo received his Bachelor of Design from Ontario College of Art & Design University, majoring in Material Art and Design (Jewellery and Metalsmithing) in 2012. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, Joo creates one-of-a kind and production pieces that draw inspiration from architecture and theatrical performances. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2012.

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Andrea Kott

My designs and techniques are refined through a repetitive process of creating multiples and groupings. Sheets to the Wind is the culmination of an investigation in fluidity and an exercise in control over a molten material, pushing it to the brink of collapsing and folding in on itself. I designed these glasses to fit nicely in the hand; to be thin, light and comforting in form; and to elicit a tactile experience for the user. By utilizing the properties of glass and focusing on simple and clean design, these pieces eloquently capture the movement of this fluid material, quietly and gently “showing off.”

– Andrea Kott

Andrea Kott graduated from Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, majoring in Glass. She makes sculptural and functional work that explores themes of childhood, innocence, and memory as an elusive marker of defining moments. She is curious about the connections between the ephemeral and tangible things that define us. Kott was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2012.

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K. Claire MacDonald

Drawing upon my formal background and training in metalsmithing, I seek to reexamine my longstanding interest in painting through abstraction and manipulation of form. This neckpiece is made up of several small, postcard-sized paintings on metal that I have deconstructed into a multitude of tiny fragments, which I form and combine using traditional metalsmithing techniques. The paintings become playful entities of curling and intertwining planes that suggest but a glimpse of something once familiar. The tangled mass of metallic and brightly-colored forms creates an overall display of lavish splendor. However, beyond the extravagance, accumulative curves subtly reveal slivers of brushwork and fragmented imagery that suggest an almost obsessive grappling with memory.

– K. Claire MacDonald

K. Claire MacDonald graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, in 2012. An interdisciplinary approach that seeks to combine both painting and metalsmithing is the integral focus of her current work. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme in 2012.

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Janet Macpherson

My work explores the complex relationship that humans have with nature and their own physicality. It is influenced by the history of Christianity, martyrdom and depictions of monsters from the margins of Medieval illuminated manuscripts.

Using re-purposed commercial plaster molds as well as hand-made molds cast from found toy animals, knick-knacks, and religious statues, I re-compose objects that – upon closer inspection – reflect an unsettling manipulation of human and animal forms.

I have begun assembling my own slip-cast menagerie, in which I play with forms of domestication, sanitation and restraint. Masked, hooded and bandaged animal forms interact with each other, and become a rich territory to mine ideas of faith, repression and pleasure and their relation to the physical body. Motivated by the peculiar, overlapping and unsettling images that were vivid in my Catholic childhood, I have been experimenting with hybrid objects that invite encounters with the grotesque.

– Janet Macpherson

Janet Macpherson graduated from York University with a BA in Philosophy; Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, major in Ceramics; and The Ohio State University with an MFA in Ceramics. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2011.

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Shane McNutt

For centuries people have used objects as symbols of status and have prided themselves on their possessions. Every special occasion offers a perfect opportunity for one to show off a lifestyle of opulence and grandeur. This over-the-top tea set exudes self-indulgence almost to the point of pure gaudiness. When offering up a cup of tea, how could one possibly pass up the opportunity to present such a lavish display of serving pieces?

– Shane McNutt

Shane McNutt is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. He received his education from the Ontario College of Art & Design University, major in Ceramics, and has also received training from Sheridan College. More recently, McNutt has completed a year-long Artist-in-Residence position at Medalta (Medicine Hat, AB). Over the year, his work has evolved into thick slab-built earthenware wall plates and domestic objects inspired by video game imagery. McNutt has exhibited both locally and nationally and sells his work through various retail outlets. He began the Artist-in-Residence Programme at Harbourfront Centre in September 2013.

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Heather Rathbun

I create fine jewellery that utilizes the interactive qualities jewellery evokes, with inspiration from complex forms, mechanical structures and mathematical patterns. My designs reveal an industrial elegance and often feature kinetic components or elements that can be manipulated.

– Heather Rathbun

Heather Rathbun received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of art & Design University, major in Jewellery Design/Metalsmithing and Photography in 2008. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2010.

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Shawna Tabacznik

By abstracting the Star of David – the most recognizable Jewish symbol – into a 3D form, I was able to transform a cultural element of Judaism into wearable pieces of jewellery that subtly combines meaning with aesthetics.

– Shawna Tabacznik

Shawna Tabacznik is an award-winning Jewellery designer from Toronto. Born in Israel and raised in Colombia and Canada, she has recently completed her Bachelors degree in Jewellery Design from Ontario College of Art & Design University. Tabacznik’s work represents the transformation of experiences of everyday life into tangible art forms. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2013.

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Silvia Taylor

This installation is inspired by the plumb bob: a construction tool used to determine exact verticality. The elegant simplicity of these ancient devices compelled me to re-imagine them. In this piece I suggest that perhaps the plumb bob can translate, metaphorically, to a psychological perspective; a tool which we can use to stay aligned with our own intuition. Glass furthers the metaphor by means of the luminous and somewhat intangible qualities it possesses. By varying size, style, and shape, I create a sense of individuality in each piece, while showing off these forms in a harmonized manor.

– Sylvia Taylor

Silvia Taylor is a graduate of Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. Since graduating she has had the opportunity to return to Sheridan as a teacher’s assistant and start her part time residency at Blown Away Glass studio in Elora. Taylor has also had the privilege of doing a summer residency at Harbourfront in 2010 and has been a grateful recipient of several bursaries and awards that have helped her start her career. In the past year she has done a full-time residency at Blown Away and set up her copper studio at her ever-inspiring country home in Belwood. She was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme and awarded a scholarship in 2013.

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