July 13, 2014 – August 31, 2014
Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Anyone who has walked past the Art Gallery of Burlington is familiar with ’Alumina’, our Greg Payce sculpture of seven ornate vase forms. But the surprise of the piece is the negative spaces (the shapes between the vases), which resemble standing female forms. Payce has spent over two decades exploring these often ignored spaces, creating magical works where the forms and the spaces work together to form a visual poetry. The AGB received its first donation of Payce’s work in 1997 and we eagerly collected his work until 2008, when after several years of fundraising, we were able to commission Payce to create ‘Alumina’ for us. This year Payce has donated to us an important work from 1998, ‘Seventeen Albarelli’ – a work that is based on the idea of a lenticular photograph. As one walks past the work one sees a progressive series of images of a raindrop falling. Here the artist has expanded the scope of his work by introducing the element of time, a departure from the static nature of ceramics and a direction he has followed since that time, resulting in his latest video work.