last day to see Earthlings plus Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk

Saturday, January 27
Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk
12 – 12:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul Street) at 11 am, first come, first served

We’re marking the last day of Earthlings with a casual exhibition tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk — he will speak to his work and the collaborative process that runs through so much of the exhibition. Get on the bus and don’t miss this remarkable show!

November 1, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Works by Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok and Leo Napayok

Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson
Organized and circulated by Esker Foundation

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

t/ 416.287.7007

We are of the earth and from the stars, cooked mud and pigmented wax, soot and soda, ink, wood, tobacco, fur, fire, bronze, and acrylic nails – mortal inhabitants of the earth dreaming of our spiritual or extraterrestrial foil. Drawn from this framework of earthly conditions, the visionary ceramics and works on paper of Earthlings, produced both individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists, are at once transformative and otherworldly – and profoundly human.

Though making work from distinct cultural and geographical positions – from Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet, Kinngait/Cape Dorset, Qamani’tuaq/Baker Lake, and Toronto – the artists in Earthlings share an intuitive and labour-intensive approach to materials and narrative imagery. In these works, detailed figures are subject to transformations and transmogrifications, hybrid blendings of animal and human, reality and myth, and actual and imagined spaces. These pieces seem to emerge from phantasmagorical worlds, simultaneously fleshly and physical, sensual and spiritual, alien and familiar.


Roger Aksadjuak’s work is complex, inventive, and embraces multiple forms and playful imagery while respecting traditional narratives. It can be found in many public and private collections across North America, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He passed away in 2014.

Shuvinai Ashoona is a contemporary Cape Dorset artist whose work often combines reality and the imaginative. Ashoona’s work is in numerous collections of major art institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Winnipeg Art Gallery, among others.

Pierre Aupilardjuk’s style of work represents his strong roots in a traditional aesthetic and are included in the ceramics collection of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, Yellowknife; the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; as well as in private collections throughout North America. He lives and works in Rankin Inlet.

Shary Boyle lives in Toronto and works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Collected and exhibited internationally, Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2017 her sculptures were featured at South Korea’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, and in the Phaidon, UK publication Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. Boyle’s first public art commission will be installed Spring 2018 on the front grounds of the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto.

Jessie Kenalogak
was born in Back River in the early 1950s and currently lives and works in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). Working primarily in drawing, her most meaningful artistic influences came from her grandfather Angushadluk, one of the most important and respected artists ever to work in Baker Lake, and her aunt, Mary Singaqti, another highly respected Baker Lake artist.

John Kurok began working full-time as a Rankin Inlet ceramist in 1996 and is one of a new group of younger ceramicists who also work as printmakers. Kurok’s work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto.

Born in the early sixties, Leo Napayok spent most of his time growing up in the towns of Salliq (Coral Harbour) and Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet). He works as a carver in soapstone, ivory, and antler and has long been established as one of the region’s most talented carvers. His collaborative works have since become a part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.


Domestic Mysteries: Ceramics Group Exhibition @ New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum


Family is romanticized and kitschified. It is a paradox at the same time being the most ubiquitous and private institution in the world. While details change from family to family, we all have stories that everyone knows and no one talks about, such as bond between mother and child or the shared burden between spouses or partners. There are even mysteries that people keep to themselves. These mysteries can be sophisticated or primal; ugly or beautiful, and serious or banal.

10 artists, representing 4 countries contributed work to Domestic Mysteries. The interaction of their work reflects this paradox of family dynamics being both universal and intensely personal. The stories are very similar. They deal with intimacy and isolation; identity and community; connections and loss.

Through this exhibition we hope to connect the audience and their personal experience to at least one of the artists’. The intent is to break down the illusion of cultural difference and to consider that the idiosyncratic feelings for life, family or nationality are ubiquitous. Every family experiences these mysteries. Yet, good or bad, they are rarely expressed outside of the family unit. So the secrets, which we all imagine distinguish us from everyone else, paradoxically link us to everyone else.

Curator: Nel Bannier, Anthony Merino

Artists: Alex Kraft, Alfredo Eandrade, Joseph Kowalczyk, Malcolm Smith, Monica Van der Dool, Nel Bannier, Ray Chen, Shao Ting-ju, Tiffany Schmierer, Virginia Scotchie

More here.

upcoming @ Sask Craft Council: Jack Sures 82

The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present 82  an exhibition of 82 distinct ceramic works in recognition of the Jack Sures’ eighty-second year!

Jack Sures is one of Canada’s most distinguished ceramic artists. His work is rich, organic, technically refined — yet whimsical at the same time. Sures’ distinct style is best seen in the surface treatment of the clay: whipped into dynamic marks, or painted gesturally with broad and curling strokes. His work varies from small vessels to massive plates and monumental murals. One of these murals is visible in Saskatoon, a 2,900 square foot mural at the Sturdy Stone Centre.

Jack Sures is renowned as a ceramic artist, a member of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of many awards and commendations, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. He taught two generations of Saskatchewan ceramicists and established the ceramics and printmaking department at the University of Saskatchewan’s Regina campus (now the University of Regina). During this time, ceramics in Saskatchewan flourished. Sures worked with other notable and influential artists, such as Victor Cicansky, David Gilhooly, Ann James, and Marilyn Levine contributing to and supporting an ongoing legacy of Saskatchewan fine craft.

The Saskatchewan Craft Council is delighted to be hosting this monumental exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon. Be sure not to miss this celebration of Jack Sures’ 82 years!

A public Reception will be held at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery on Friday, August 11th from 7 to 9 pm. All are welcome!

A public Artist Talk will be held Saturday, August 12th at 2 pm. Sures will discuss his artistic process, the creation of these 82 works, and his history in the Saskatchewan fine craft world.

Works from 82 can be purchased in person at the SCC Gallery or through our Online Gallery Shop.