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

www.esplanade.ca

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Earthlings @ Esker Foundation

Earthlings is an exhibition of visionary ceramic sculpture and works
on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively, by seven
contemporary artists. Otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative, and
underpinned by complex narratives, the works in this exhibition are the
products of a range of deeply personal practices that are informed by
idiosyncratic realities and myths, real and imagined spaces, sensuality,
and spirituality.

Ashoona (Cape Dorset), Boyle (Toronto), and the ceramic artists of
Matchbox studio in Rankin Inlet share a handcrafted, intuitive approach
to transformative imagery that is as sympathetic as it is culturally
distinct. The exhibition will feature recent and landmark works by each
artist as well as collaborative explorations, including sculptures
produced in September 2016 by Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, and John
Kurok while in residence at the extraordinary Medalta in Medicine Hat.

eskerfoundation.com
calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/earthlings-seven-artists-bridge-north-and-south-with-group-exhibition