men make quilts / women make sculpture

General Fine Craft FEATURE EXHBITION May 8 – June 17, 2018

The title is a bit tongue-in-cheek and slightly provocative, but its irony rings true in the case of this exhibition. The two featured artists are no strangers to working outside of the norm, pushing boundaries, engaging the viewer and experimenting with ideas and materials in unique ways.

ROBERT PAULY is a collector and a maker of art and objects who lives in Clayton, Ontario. Over a lengthy career, he has created everything from sculpture to wearable art. His curiosity and a healthy mix of respect for tradition and irreverence for the status quo shine through in a selection of his quilts in this exhibition.

Robert’s approach is playful: using vintage fabrics and vibrant colour combinations, altering traditional patterns with unusually beautiful results. His ‘postage stamp’ quilts are made of thousands of one inch squares painstaking sewn into bedcover size. Other quilts feature row upon row of colourful stripes that give an overall dazzling visual effect.

The medium of choice for Ottawa’s CYNTHIA O’BRIEN is clay. She has used it to create functional, non-functional and sculptural objects for over 30 years. She has also explored its more ephemeral qualities through art installations and live performance pieces.

Wet clay is receptive to the touch, creating a direct connection between maker and material. This is an essential quality for O’Brien because much of her work derives from personal relationships, feelings and memories.

This show features her Father Series of sculptural objects hand-built with black clay. They are complicated 3-dimensional constructions full of nuance and contrast. Cynthia’s approach to making them is quite unique: she imagines them first as interior spaces filled with emotion, roots of her family tree which then burst outward energetically.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 11am – 5pm / Sundays 11am – 4pm.

Open holiday Monday May 21, 11am – 4pm