Past Exhibitions

Quebec – A Different Drummer

DSC_2287Ongoing 2016 Exhibition

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

As part of the ongoing series of exhibitions inspired by the Coast to Coast to Coast exhibition, we are proud that the Art Gallery of Burlington has been able to build a substantial representation of the work being done in all parts of the country. Quebec – A Different Drummer looks at the growth of the Quebec ceramic scene and how it looked to France as a source of inspiration, while North America was enthralled with the Anglo/Japanese tradition of craftsmanship.  French Quebec looked forward to the avant-garde styles coming out of France from just before the war while North America was looking backward to the romantic traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  As such this gave Quebec a unique style that is now being recognized as an important direction in contemporary ceramics.

Image: Alain Bernard, ‘Cup and Saucer’ (left), ‘Cup and Platter’ (center), ‘Cup and Saucer’ (right).

Paul Mathieu: The China Syndrome

Morphed Photo Flower Vases_Ian with handprint_2008_bFebruary 12, 2016 to April 10, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Thursday February 11, 6:30pm

Internationally renowned ceramist and author Paul Mathieu has spent the last decade periodically returning to Jingdezhen, China to oversee the production of his ceramic works. This exhibition traces his explorations ranging from the relationship between two and three dimensional form, to the portrayal of gender roles and gay identity. The artist’s role from conception to production is examined from both the artist’s and craft person’s perspective.

Image: Paul Mathieu, Morphed Photo Flower Vases – Ian with Handprint, 2008.

Please be advised that some images in this exhibition contain mature themes.


Banner_2January 16, 2016 to April 17, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Thursday February 11, 6pm-8pm

Grace Eun Mi Lee is known for her ceramic installations. Numerous small pieces, often referencing the hidden world of microbes, are suspended from the ceiling to create cloud-like mists. On closer examination, these mists reveal the hidden world that surrounds us in our everyday lives. We are made to question the visible world and compare it to the unseen reality that goes on around us on a daily bases.

Image: Grace Eun Mi Lee, Dust, 2016 (Detail).

Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Presidents’ Exhibition

Batten, Anthony J.,The Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, Venice, 42in X 32in, watercolourMarch 5, 2016 to April 19, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Reception: Saturday March 5, 2pm-4pm

The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) is comprised of many of Canada’s finest painters. Its Members and Associates span the world’s second largest country, from the Yukon to Ontario, British Columbia to the Maritime Provinces which now also include many international artists. To celebrate the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour’s 90th anniversary, the Art Gallery of Burlington presents works from some of CSPWC’s Presidents, past and present. Each of these Presidents have demonstrated great dedication and passionately promote the importance of watercolour as a medium.

Image: Anthony J. Batten, “The Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, Venice”, 42in X 32in, watercolour. Collection of J & S Ingram.

Visual Voice: Art Therapy in our Community

DetailFebruary 7, 2016 to February 29, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Guest Curator: Becky Hewis
Opening Reception: Sunday February 14, 2pm-4pm

Art therapy transcends the need for words. Thoughts, emotions and ideas can be expressed in a visual manner. One image can capture what words may not be able to express adequately. One image can help refine a thought or an idea that proved elusive until it was drawn. Art therapy offers a visual voice to people within our community who have a right to be heard and understood.

This show highlights four organizations within Halton that have integrated art therapy into the lives of their members: The Alzheimer’s Society, Halton Down Syndrome Association, Shifra Homes and the Darling Home for Kids.

Image: Alzheimer’s Society Clients, Sharing Stories, 2015 (Detail).

Still Life – Landscape, from the Permanent Collection

Still Life Landscape_Iris Vase

November 27, 2015 to January 31, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curators: Denis Longchamps & Jonathan Smith
Curators’ Talk: Sunday November 29, 2:30pm

Still life and landscape, while they are considered to be classic subject matter for painting, are a rich source of inspiration in the clay community. From decorative motifs to sculptural installations, this exhibition looks at how ceramists have explored these themes, as an alternative to the usual emphasis sculptors put on the figure. Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics at the AGB, this exhibition looks at a rarely examined area of inspiration and their relationship to each other.

Image: Harlan House, Iris Vase, 1989.

In Spirit

Wind & Waves

September 19 to November 15, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artists: Timothy Laurin, John Latour, Heather Murray
Co-Curators: Virginia Eichhorn and Dr. Denis Longchamps

In Spirit presents the work of Timothy Laurin, John Latour and Heather Murray. Timothy Laurin works plays with family and found photographs that he reinterprets. His practice focuses on identity and memory and how one informs the other and keeps in flux one’s sense of self. John Latour’s text-based art, sculpture, and found photography highlight the ways in which we connect with the past, and how this uniquely human activity is mediated through words, objects, and images. In some of his recent works, he explores the ideas of spirit communication and physical mediumship as metaphors for communicating with the past. Heather Murray is influenced by her rural backdrop and creates diligently and enthusiastically out of her haunted historical studio in Owen Sound Ontario. She is drawn to our collective histories and the imaginary world of those who walked before us. She is a collector of ephemera, memories and rich discards that may (or not) inform her work.

Co-curated by Virginia Eichhorn, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and Denis Longchamps, Art Gallery of Burlington.
Image: Tim Laurin – Beach Party (2014)

Arms Reach

Arms Reach Jenn E Norton

January 6, 2016 to January 31, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

Arms Reach is a video installation by Jenn E Norton that depicts a haptic labyrinth. Pain, tactility, and thermoception are guides in this maze that can only be solved through touch, accompanied by a haunting score by musician Bry Webb of the Constantines.

Image: Arms Reach, detail, 2015, Jenn E Norton, 35 minute, Video Installation


September 19 to December 23, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Artists: Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, Kayo O’Young
Curator: Jonathan Smith

While the thrown vessel is the most common ceramic form, great skill is required to achieve total control in the medium. Once this level of skill is reached, the artist can then either create ever more complex forms or loosen up and relax. Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, five artists – Bruce Cochrane, Reid Flock, Harlan House, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, and Kayo O’Young demonstrate their mastery over the medium.

Image: Kayo O’Young, Blue Teapot, 2009.

Amber Fields of Grain

Ongoing 2015/2016 Exhibition Beginning September 5, 2015

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor
Curator: Jonathan Smith

The wide open spaces of the Canadian Prairies have been home to a great many well-known Canadian ceramic artists. Beside such great functional potters like Robert Archambeau, the Prairies have produced its own particular brand of sculpture, “Prairies’ Funk” that was created by such notables as Joe Fafard and Victor Cicansky. The Wild West has its own unique culture that is explored, often with great humour and insight that reflects the wide open spaces of the plains.

Image: Victor Cicansky, Assortment of Preserve Jars, 1980-1990 (Detail).