Steven Heinemann @ The Gardiner Museum

Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature

On now till Jan 21, 2018

Curated by Rachel Gotlieb

From the Gardiner Museum Site:

For the past thirty-five years, acclaimed Canadian artist Steven Heinemann has transformed the medium of ceramics in Canada. Working in varying scale, Heinemann explores the paradoxes between culture and nature, deliberation and chance, interior and exterior surfaces.

This first major retrospective examines Heinemann’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he uses form, texture, pigment, and imagery to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other universal shapes that embody the polarities between life and nature.

Heinemann’s process can stretch over months or even years, firing a piece multiple times, and reworking the surface by sandblasting, scratching, polishing, and stenciling to evoke glyph-like imagery. His studio is evoked in the gallery through an installation of sketchbooks and source material, including original photographs and a wall of ceramic test tiles. A time-lapse video shot by the artist documents a treated clay surface as it dries, warps, and cracks according to chance and calculation.

Click here to see Steven Heinemann in his studio discussing one of the works in the exhibition.

Wednesday November 8, 6:30 – 8 pm
Artist Lecture: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann reflects on his career as a Canadian contemporary ceramist and how philosophies of ecology, cosmology, and ancient artifacts have inspired his work.
$15 General / $10 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 11, 2 – 4 pm
Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature Exhibition Walk-Through
Join Steven Heinemann and contemporary ceramics collector Raphael Yu for a walk-through of Culture and Nature.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 18, 10 am – 4 pm
Master Potter at Work: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann leads an intimate observation-based workshop in our Community Clay Studio for emerging, established, and curious ceramic makers, exploring key elements of his artistic process.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Read more about Steven Heinemann in the Globe and Mail this week.


Art in Canada – Toast

Keith Campbell’s touring exhibition Journey through the Past
has now ended and its final stop is at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery
where it is on display until September 28th.
It is also for sale and to commemorate the creation and
travels of the exhibition a book is being created and you have a chance to be
part of a memorable moment in Canadian Art history.
Buy a Slice of Toast!
Toast the installation will now become a book
Keith Campbell
Art in Canada….
$150 gets you:
1)    Slice
of toast – choose from one of forty Canadian historical personages
2)    A
copy of the book: Expected due date Dec. 2013
3)    Provide
for us by Nov 1 a statement from you in fifty words or less that begins with
the words Art in Canada.
This is an incredible opportunity to make a statement on Art
in Canada that will both be permanent record and personal statement.
Thank you for supporting

Art in Canada

Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery-Galerie
258 Dundas St.
London, ON
N6A 1H3