Upcoming Exhibitions (See Previous Exhibitions)
Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture
Port Eliot, Cornwall 18 May - 15 July 2013
Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing 26 July - 8 September 2013
'This is a fascinating exhibition with contemporary artists taking inspiration from one of our most visionary architects. This is a show that should attract anyone with an interest in art, design and architecture and I hope it will introduce many more people to Soane's work and legacy, including his gem of a Museum in Holborn and his home at Pitzhanger Manor.' - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
The Arts Council England has awarded Joanna Bird a major grant to curate 'Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture', a touring exhibition of site specific ceramic installation in collaboration with the Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Ceramicist Artists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown will juxtapose modern works of art with the Museum’s remarkable interiors and collections in this ground-breaking exhibition- Marking the line, curated by Joanna Bird - challenging where and how we view ancient and modern works of art. The exhibition will be shown at Sir John Soane’s Museum, opening on 8 March 2013, then traveling to Port Eliot in Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing.
The shock of the new, against historical, domestic backdrops, will invite us to question our approach to the functional and the artistic, and pull us into parallel universes.
Nicholas Rena’s smooth, ergonomic, symbolic creations, in strong yellows, oranges and reds contrast sharply with the Museum’s tawny, timeless patina, whilst the unflinching gaze of Christie Brown’s interpretation of Soane’s family portraits as ceramic busts brings the worlds of archaeology and psychoanalysis into closer proximity.
Soane’s small but significant collection of pre-Columbian pottery provides a provocative foil to Brazilian potter Carina Ciscato’s beautiful ceramic vessels, which not only fulfil a function but respond to specific architectural details in the environment where they find themselves.
Clare Twomey’s ‘Everyman’s dream’ enveloped in one thousand bone china bowls with golden text, each with a quotation depicting the legacy one man wishes to leave creates a world within a world: Soane’s legacy to the nation and the legacy of a thousand men in response to Soane, challenging prescribed views of what concepts can be realised in a Museum.
Venues will play host to innovative educational workshops throughout the exhibition’s tour – from 8 March to 8 September 2013 – run in conjunction with supporting partners.
Carina Ciscato - Nicholas Rena - Clare Twomey - Christie Brown
Joanna Bird will return to COLLECT 2013. As well as new work from artists such as Steffen Dam, Geoff Mann, Pippin Drysdale and Gary Breeze, we will be showing a selection of new artists working in a variety of mediums.
Halima Cassell creates geometric sculptures is bronze, marble and clay and Andrea Walsh will be showing a selection of cast glass and porcelain boxes.
9th -13th May 2013
Saatachi Gallery, LondonArtists:
Joanna Constantinidis - Ruth Duckworth - Lucie Rie - Hans Coper - Annie Turner - Carina Ciscato - Jacob van der Beugel - Pippin Drysdale - Richard Batterham - Steffen Dam - Gary Breeze - Andrea Walsh - Geoff Mann - Halima Cassell -Bronzes - Halima Cassell - Marble