The Vase – Function Reviewed

Friday 20 January – Sunday 26 February 2017
Sarah Flynn: Esker Vessel Group, 2016; photo: Glen Norwood | The Vase – Function Reviewed | Friday 20 January  – Sunday 26 February 2017 | Farmleigh Gallery

Special talk by curator Brian Kennedy before opening, 6 – 6:30pm • limited capacity, book through angela.cassidy@opw.ie

“I have always loved the word VASE, its double pronunciation, and with it, its reference to place and class. Within the world of craft and design, this same small word is even more charged and divisive. It’s seldom found within contemporary ceramics, where the less functional word ‘vessel’ is almost always used. I wanted to curate an exhibition that would embrace the functional, examine its history and explore its boundaries.” Brian Kennedy, Curator

Ever since the Grecian Urn, the vase has a tradition as a container of narrative and vehicle for storytelling. This new exhibition looks at how contemporary artists are still addressing issues of the personal and the political within and on, their work. Curated by Brian Kennedy, The Vase – Function Reviewed will be at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from 6 August to 6 November 2016 and forms part of the programme for Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016.

Ceramics play a huge part in all our daily lives. We wash from a ceramic sink, drink our morning tea or coffee from a ceramic mug, eat from a ceramic dish and when we want to cheer up a room we put flowers in a ceramic vase. Many contemporary artists take these daily objects and rituals and investigate them through their work. This exhibition focuses on the vase, an object we all have in our lives, and looks at it through the eyes of the artist.

VASE: Function Reviewed debates issues of functionality in ceramics through a series of works by Irish and international artists. The exhibition showcases a range of objects, from the consciously matching to the gloriously mismatched, the proudly ‘functional’ to the emphatically ‘dysfunctional’, the ‘useful’ and the ‘useless’. It offers a lively and stimulating debate on form versus function within contemporary ceramics and encourages an animated debate on hierarchies within contemporary ceramics, making us look anew at the objects that surround us.

Featuring artists from Europe, Africa and Asia, VASE: Function Reviewed places work by Irish artists such as Sara Flynn, Alison Kay and Derek Wilson within a broader international context. The exhibition also includes work by Kate Malone, one of the judges from The Great British Throw Down TV series, Babs Hannen, one of the best regarded Dutch ceramists and Hwang Kap Sun, an emerging Korean maker with recent shows in Paris and Geneva. Visitors can also enjoy the work of Carol McNicoll, Alison Britton and Janice Tchalenko – 3 of the 5 women that are credited with changing the direction of studio ceramics in the 1970s. It presents a wide range of approaches from the functional to the more sculptural/abstract this exhibition provides an insight into the issues and concerns addressed by contemporary artists through clay.

Image: Sarah Flynn: Esker Vessel Group, 2016; photo: Glen Norwood
Friday 20 January – Sunday 26 February 2017
Farmleigh Gallery
Farmleigh, Castleknock
Dublin 15
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