Dan Murphy, Pouring Vessels, 2016, woodfired porcelaneous stoneware with stone inclusion, natural ash and soda glaze, 7 x 4.5 x 4” (18 x 11.5 x 10 cm)
Robin DuPont, Storage Jars, 2016, woodfired porcelain with quartz inclusions, natural ash glaze, fired in DuPont’s anagama for 110 hours, 17 x 13 x 13 inches (43 x 33 x 33 cm) and 13 x 15 x 15 inches (33 x 38 x 38 cm)
Reception, Saturday, June 4, 3 to 5 pm
artists in attendance
The Willock & Sax Gallery presents “FLUX,” an exhibition of wood fired vessels by Dan Murphy and Robin DuPont that establishes context as a contributing factor of ceramic practice.
In this exhibition, Murphy and DuPont explore how the circumstance of their respective practices - the clay, the wood, the kiln, the time of year, the weather, the colleagues who help fire – affect the pots that emerge from the kiln. They are motivated by how the specific context of particular firings produces distinctive results.
Both artists are in Banff to conduct a Banff Centre residency (Kiln Raising, May 30 to June 24) on wood firing processes and kiln construction. Their aim is to build and fire The Banff Centre’s first wood fired Train Kiln, named for its elongated rectangular shape suggestive of a rail car.
Hence, what better time to present their stoneware vessels from prior firings in Robin DuPont’s own anagama kiln as well as Dan Murphy’s studio in Utah and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana. Explore the effects of wood firing techniques: ash deposits, flashings, natural glaze surfaces, the tones and textures characteristic of wood fired vessels.
Dan Murphy is an artist and associate professor of art with twenty years of experience firing wood-burning kilns. Robin DuPont specializes in atmospheric wood fired pottery; a process that reveals subtle and inexplicable tones, surfaces, and effects.
Dwayne Harty, Bison Cow & Calf, charcoal drawing
Breakfast Reception with the Artist: Thursday, September 29
10 am to noon
- oil paintings, drawings, and a new suite of etchings to celebrate the return of the Bison to the Panther River Valley of Banff National Park.
part of the American Bison Society / Bison Treaty celebration taking place in Banff, September 26-29 .
Workshop with Dwayne Harty - more information to follow
John Chalke RCA, Turned Over - The Other Side - Underneath It All, 2009, multifired, multiglazed ceramic wall piece
Reception with Barb Tipton: Saturday, October 8, noon to 3
- ceramic sculpture by one of the "most influential and important ceramists" of the last 70 years.
Allan Harding MacKay RCA, There Are No Perfect Mountains, 1986, mixed media on paper, 21.5 x 13 inches
Reception, Saturday, November 5
artist in attendance
-contemporary and historic paintings that explore transitions, the dramatic moments, and the clash of weather systems; all predicated on the idea of alpine defined by the Swiss Alps and the Canadian Rockies.
part of the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival & Gallery Hop.
Tom Willock, A Prairie Coulee, 1990
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