Steve Irvine – Ceramic Cameras and Vessels
Cone 10 Reduction Stoneware
September 6-29, 2013
Opening reception Friday September 6, 7-9:30pm.
“After over 45 years of working with clay, my concerns for this exhibition will be nonlinear, dynamic, and aperiodic creative processes. The pieces created for the exhibition during the past year explore form and surface treatments, as they evolve from one firing to the next. In this way the creative practice is closely linked to natural processes and Chaos Theory.
All of the pieces in the show are functional, and consist of lidded jars, teapots, tea bowls, platters, and vases. A unique aspect of the exhibition is several ceramic cameras. These one of a kind functional cameras are made of high fired stoneware, and often include additions of copper, brass and gold leaf.”
A total of over 100 solo, group and invitational exhibitions between 1971 and 2013 in Canada, Europe and the United States.
Major solo exhibitions in recent years: Series and Cycles, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario 2008-09; Photons and Fire, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Collingwood, Ontario, 2007; Collaborations with Chaos, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, 2005. All of these exhibitions included my black and white photography as well as ceramics. I was one of five Canadian photographers invited to take part in an exhibition at the Museo dell’Informazione e Arte Moderna, in Senegalia, Italy.
Ceramics and photography have always been more to me than just a way to earn a living. The arts are an instrument of understanding — a way to look for meaning, truth and harmony in my life. Working in the arts also gives me the opportunity to bring a small degree of joy and beauty into other people’s lives, which helps me to find my place in the world.
Top left: Ceramic pinhole camera detail view (see also: www.photolife.com/blog)
Top right : Steve Irvine decorating a pot
Bottom: Exhibition opening (photo by Sun Lee)