HendiWERK! is a curated exhibition that marries craft and drag; or rather, draws attention to the myriad ways in which craft practice is essential to the art of drag, and the ways in which drag prop and costume production mirror narratives in craft and craft history. The opening reception will feature 2 – 3 drag performers animating pieces of custom fine craft. GIFs of these performances will be made that night, and projected throughout the show.
Sculptor Candace Davies replicates humble, daily objects in Italian alabaster and African wonder stone.
A roll of bubble wrap, green painter’s tape or a power bar are objects commonly found in a gallery setting as tools. Candace Davies, however, transforms them into stone sculpture and objects of inquiry. She fools the eye with her stone illusions and poses questions about perception, value systems and what we deem art. Davies strips away the utilitarian nature of everyday objects and places them on a pedestal by rendering them in stone.
Candice Davies is based in Toronto and has shown her perception bending work in a variety of Montreal galleries.
Floor sculptures and compositions for the wall by Jade Yumang lyrically investigate the economy of the queer body. Drum Up is inspired by Drum, a homophile publication that expanded the boundaries and politicized queer culture in 1960s Philadelphia. Yumang uses traditional quilting techniques with digital printing on textiles to create formally pleasing, wall mounted and three-dimensional sculpture. Drum Up alludes to moving blankets, security blankets and AIDS memorial quilts and sensitively considers the complexities of queer life post 1969.
Born in Manilla and raised in Dubai, Jade Yumang describes himself as currently being “sometimes in NYC and a recluse in Vancouver.”
“She Grew Up In The Bay” is a journey through the life of fictional character Trudy White, and the hardships of Outport life as the youngest of six children and only girl. Trudy will take us through her life in the form of the special garments that were significant to who she was as a person.
Barry Buckle is a couture designer and instructor of the Textile: Craft and Apparel design Program of CNA in St John’s
A showcase exhibit of the best fine craft made by the talented members of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Unpredictable, varied and dramatic, this annual exhibit brings together traditional and innovative fine craft from across the province. Textiles, ceramics, glass, metal and wood–and probably a few materials you’ve never encountered–are transformed into functional and nonfunctional fine craft objects. The Annual Members Exhibit is a window onto the studio activity of emerging, mid-career and mature crafts producers.
During the Annual Members Exhibit awards are given out to recognize outstanding craft objects in the areas of technique, design and innovation.
Sealskin locked together with thread form evocative wall panels in this solo show by artist Clare Fowler.
Clare Fowler says, “whenever I handle sealskin I am taken to that place where I am viscerally aware of how the ice flows impact my place…our place.” Growing up on Bell Island, Fowler recalls the impact of the ice flows on daily life–being isolated, the near-empty grocery store shelves and the lack of mail delivery. Seals and sealing were equally impacted. Fowler uses quilting techniques to create lace-like compositions featuring sealskin that describe our place, people and psyche.
Clare Fowler is a St. John’s based textile artist seeking to maximize usage of seal fur.
Lorraine Roy, Source, 2015, 45×45
This two-women show combines the textile mandalas of Lorraine Roy and ceramic vessels by Wendy Shirran–both with a message of interconnectedness and consequence.
Textile artist Lorraine Roy creates circular wall hangings that are mandalas and ceramic artist Wendy Shirran creates handmade vessels rich with thought-provoking images. In Woven Woods, Roy brings to our attention the life network found in the macro and microcosm of trees. She picks the circular shape because it represents eternity and is found throughout nature–even in a tiny spore. In Our Hands explores how we create, maintain and appreciate our province’s culture. Shirran uses imagery, texture and surface treatments as communication on her hand-made porcelain vessels. Additionally, she invites the public to engage as they sip water from dedicated water cups.
Wendy Shirran is a St. John’s based ceramic artist and Lorraine Roy is a textile artist based in Dundas, Ontario.