The Fabric of Clay: Alexandra McCurdy

black and white raffia box
Alexandra McCurdy
Black box with raffia, 2009
Porcelain, wire, beads, raffia
13 x 13 cm
photo: Chris Myhr
25 May – 29 July 2012
Main Gallery:
The Fabric of Clay: Alexandra McCurdy
in collaboration with Burlington Arts Centre
Curator: Gloria Hickey
This career retrospective of work by Nova
Scotian ceramist Alexandra McCurdy is organised around the artist’s
ongoing engagement with textiles. Her work often directly reflects, not
only the surface ornament, but the structural patterning of fibre media.
As curator Gloria Hickey notes in her catalogue essay, McCurdy “has
never made pots about pots or ceramic history,” but “about textiles and
autobiographical ceramics.” The exhibition pairs McCurdy’s ceramics with
their textile and fibre companions and displays them against the
backdrop of the artist’s personal narrative. Saint Mary’s University Art
Gallery produced the full-colour exhibition catalogue in partnership
with the Burlington Art Centre.
Side Gallery
Lorenzen Pottery: 50 Years in the Making
Curator: Victor Owen

The Fabric of Clay exhibition will be accompanied by a small
retrospective of the ceramics of Alma and Ernst Lorenzen- a Danish
immigrant and his Canadian-born wife- who were active in the Maritimes
for four decades, starting in the 1940s, and helped to introduce
modernist ceramics to the region. Dr. J. Victor Owen, of the Saint
Mary’s University Geology department, has assembled a detailed narrative
of their careers and examines the chemistry of their ceramics.

For more info:

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5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, B3H 1G3 (street address)

The Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex
on the Saint Mary’s University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook
Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.