Oh Ceramics and Into the Wild open tonight at the Esplande

Jenn Demke-Lange: The Wild

May 13, 2017 – July 1, 2017

A BFA graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in ceramics, Jenn’s visual arts practice focusses on the intersection of traditional ceramics and illustration techniques with the use of new digital technology. In this exhibition of new work, Jenn presents an installation with mural and sculpture animated by a projection, as well as series of ceramic plates whose illustrations explore her identity as both a Canadian and as a mother. She comments: “Recollecting my own personal experiences camping as both a child and in motherhood, this body of work celebrates the experience of wilderness and its ability to de-civilize… While adults easily become tame to civilization, it is the perspective and inherent nature of a child that can re-connect us to the innocence, wonderment and freedom of our child-like wild spirit. The imaginative “How to” illustrations on my plates explore whimsical ways of connecting to the wilderness; reminding us to howl at the moon, roar with laughter and wander with wide eyes.”

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jenn Demke-Lange now lives in Medicine Hat with her husband, two children and beagle. Jenn produces handmade ceramic objects from tableware to jewellery (visit her website mikind.ca), in her studio at Medalta, where she also maintains a part-time position as the Residency Programs Studio Coordinator.

Portions of The Wild will travel throughout Alberta in 2017 – 2020 with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program, curated by Xanthe Isbister.


Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Community Development, City of Medicine Hat

401 First St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2



Distributary | Manitoba Crafts Council | curated by Chris Pancoe | 27 July – 3 September

images courtesy Chris Pancoe | 2012

“From the beginning of time, people from around the world have
manipulated clay into functional, decorative and sculptural forms. 
Easily accessible and versatile by its very nature, clay has long been a
popular medium for sculptural works and was one of the earliest mediums
humans used to document the world in which they lived.  For historians
and archaeologists, clay works have provided information on how humans
once conducted their daily lives, maintained relationships and social
order in addition to offering insight on their belief systems.

Distributary, curated by Chris Pancoe, will bring together
the sculptural works of seven ceramic artists who live (or have lived)
in Manitoba:  Trudy Golley, Carmela Laganse, Grace Nickel, Kelli Rey,
Kevin Stafford, Peter Tittenberger, and Lin Xu. Distributary examines
how these artists use clay as a medium to document their interactions
with nature, everyday objects, and/or popular culture.
The title Distributary was chosen for the aptness of its
definition: a river that branches off of and flows away from the
mainstream.  Not only is the title appropriate because clay is mostly
harvested from riverbanks but also for the way in which each artist
chosen for this project has individually branched off of and flowed way
from the mainstream, challenging the notions of clay as craft and
flowing into contemporary contexts.”

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Upcoming exhibition and events at the Gardiner Musuem



BREAKING BOUNDARIES presents four young Canadian artists whose work challenges our perceptions and expectations about materials, form, function and meaning. The four artists – Shary Boyle, Marc Courtemanche, Carmela Laganse, and Brendan Tang – create works that are both accessible and ambiguous. They are accessible because they draw on objects and images familiar to us from our popular culture. They are ambiguous because it is not always clear what the works are made of, what their forms and functions are, and what stories or meanings they convey.

This combination of accessibility and ambiguity requires viewers to engage actively with the works of art in order to appreciate them fully. The works are not merely demonstrations of technical skill, expressions of the artists’ personalities, or didactic statements about specific aspects of our culture. Rather, they are catalysts that encourage viewers to draw on their own memories, experiences, assumptions and imaginations to create meaning and significance.
In this way, the works in the exhibition break down the boundaries between artist and audience, and transform the gallery visit into a truly democratic experience. In keeping with the dynamic quality of the art, Breaking Boundaries will include spaces in the installation and on the Museum’s website where visitors will have opportunities to respond to the artworks, to create their own artworks, and to engage with each other through the artworks. Come and be part of this exciting exhibition. Breaking Boundaries is curated by Gardiner Museum Chief Curator Charles Mason. It is complemented by a 56-page catalogue of the exhibition published in 2010 by the Gardiner Museum.

Exhibition Partner
Partners in Art

Catalogue Partners
Hal Jackman Foundation


Members’ Preview
Lunch with Curator Charles Mason
Wednesday October 6
12 – 1:30 pm

A special Members’-only lunchtime sneak peak at Breaking Boundaries with Chief
Curator Charles Mason including a delicious lunch from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens.
$35 Limited Seating
Brendan Tang
Talk and Demonstration
Wednesday October 6
6 – 8 pm

Exhibition artist Brendan Tang demonstrates his working methods and reveals his artistic influences – from manga-influenced comics, Ming dynasty ceramics, European decorative ormolu and post-modern theory.
$10 / $8.50 for Gardiner Members, seniors and students
Shary Boyle
Tuesday October 26
8 – 10:30 pm

One of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists conjures visual magic in this piece of performance art. Shary will create “live drawings” with the help of vintage overhead projectors and music.