Sage Paul. 'Re-Dress (Redress)', 2016. Caribou antlers, delica beads, acrylic paint, resin. Photo: Keesic Douglas.

The View from Here

Nicole Bauberger, Léopold L. Foulem CM, Oscar Kwong, Paul McClure, Sage Paul, Denise Smith, and Louise Solomon

Curated by Melanie Egan

March 9 – June 2, 2019

Artport Gallery



Curator’s Tour: Friday, March 8, 5:30–6pm
Reception: Friday, March 8, 6–9pm

This exhibition is modelled on an anti-souvenir shop, one in which artists are motivated to act upon, react to or declare what they deem significant and worthwhile through the media of ceramics, jewellery, painting, furniture, and sculpture. How their ideas are defined and represented largely depends on their view from here. “Here” is a relative term; it may be a physical or psychological space, a continuum or a moment in time. Views can be deeply personal, introspective, or borne out of discrete experiences and research; and some may symbolize larger collective meaning, shaped by notions of community. … read more

– Melanie Egan


Nicole Bauberger’s art practice varies. Finely honed skill in oil painting, begun over a five-year apprenticeship in the 90s, roots her artwork.  And yet she will use encaustic, acrylic, clay, glass, beadwork, teabags, doilies and crochet yarn, research and writing, or songs on the ukulele, as required. Bauberger’s shows have toured public galleries since 1999. The full version of this project, Get There from Here, will appear at the Art Gallery of Peterborough this April, and the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in June.

Bauberger grew up in Peterborough and has made her home in Whitehorse, Yukon, since 2003.


Léopold L. Foulem, CM, received his MFA from Indiana State University. He has had a prolific exhibition career with fifty-five solo exhibitions and more than two hundred group shows held on four continents. His works have been exhibited in forty-eight museums and public galleries and are included in twenty-five museums and public collections. Foulem considers himself a ceramics theoretician. He has given numerous lectures on the autonomy of ceramics’ plastic and conceptual language. He received some prestigious awards, including NCECA’s highest distinction, the Award of Honorary Member of the Council, and recently was made a member of the Order of Canada.

Léopold L. Foulem is represented by David Kaye in Toronto.


Oscar Shu Hao Kwong (b. 1992 in Taipei, Taiwan) is a product designer and holds BFA in Industrial Design from the OCAD University. Since graduation he has been part of Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Program. This opportunity allowed him the space to firmly and independently establish his sensibilities. In 2017 he was admitted as part of The Bauhaus Lab, an annual program examining the transcultural legacies of the school. This experience led him to better understand and appreciate the weighted messages which objects carry. Currently his work examines the poetic spirit that spans all our cultural artifacts, and attempts to translate these feelings through the expression of our everyday objects.


Paul McClure is a Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Canadian Museum of History; Design Museum of Barcelona; and National Museums of Scotland. He studied at NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada (BFA, 1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain; and National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (MA, 1999). McClure exhibits and lectures throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is professor and program coordinator for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.

Paul McClure is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montréal


Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné woman based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Sage is an award-winning artist, designer and recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, crafts and textiles, centring her work around family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Some of her work has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursdays; The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina); Western Canada Fashion Week curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective (Edmonton); and most recently at Festival de Mode & Design (Montreal) and Ohtaapiahki Fashion Week (Calgary). Paul received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award and was recognized as a Change Maker by the Toronto Star and a Woman of Influence.


Denise Smith is a ceramic sculptor from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Regina’s MFA program (2016), and received her BFA degree from Lakehead University (2010). Smith has participated in several international artist residencies such as the Medalta Historic Clay District Artist-in-Residence Program in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. She has presented lectures and workshops at several notable institutions and has exhibited her work across Canada as well as internationally.


Louise Solomon (Ojibway from Nawash FN) is a multimedia artist and goldsmith that takes inspiration from Mother Earth, her culture, and growing up in downtown Toronto. She explores modern techniques while still incorporating and drawing inspiration from raw materials like hair, claws, teeth, sweetgrass and other organic mediums.Solomon studied Studio Art at the University of Guelph where she received her BA and then continued her studies at George Brown College for Jewellery Arts. She is the founder and owner of a successful jewellery company, Hand of Solomon, where she produces high-end engagement rings, wedding bands and statement jewellery-art that reflect her Indigenous culture.

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