Linda Swanson - WE ARE TIME'S SUBJECTS
October 12 - November 7, 2017
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Exhibition could be visited between Oct 13 and Nov 7.
WE ARE TIME'S SUBJECTS, an exhibition featuring the work of
Linda Swanson from Canada.
Linda Swanson is an innovative artist in contemporary ceramics, pushing the boundaries of traditional clay perception using raw materials, time based processes and fired ceramics.
Swanson is an artist whose interests are grounded in the metamorphic nature of ceramics. Her work engages the enigmatic properties of matter at an elemental level and the capacity of wonder to question how and what we know. Her ceramic works have been exhibited around the United States, Canada and Europe. Recent exhibitions include Art Paris, Rooted in Soil at the DePaul Museum, Flow at the Milwaukee Art Museum, SOFA Chicago with the Lacoste Gallery and INFESTATION, a public art installation in Montreal. Swanson was awarded the Raphael Prize in Ceramics by the Society for Contemporary Craft in 2014 and an Emerging Artist Award in 2013 from NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Her work has been supported with grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. Linda Swanson is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Swanson studied ceramics at the Tekisui Workshop in Ashiya, Japan, earned a BA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara, a BFA in ceramics from Cal State Long Beach and an MFA from Alfred University. Since graduation in 2005, she has taught at prestigious universities in North America such as Alfred University, the Kansas City Art Institute and currently teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.
WE ARE TIME'S SUBJECTS
“We know that time has passed when something has changed. Things embody their own time. They are accretions of time, each inflection of form and material articulating a distinct moment. Our bodies are no different. Our age appears in our skin, the smoothness of our face and hands hardening into furrows and scars to reveal our intimate histories.
While we measure time linearly, our experience of it is dense. Time is thick, embedded deep within things. In the landscape, we sense the accumulation of millions of years as mountains and valleys while a momentary breeze rises and passes away. I am interested in these different qualities of time, and how time can be experienced in the movement and formation of matter.
WE ARE TIME'S SUBJECTS engages the density of time through raw and kiln-fired ceramic materials. An ephemeral installation features the interaction of water with dry clay, salts and other minerals to produce material formations that evolve over the course of the exhibition. These momentary transformations of materials are juxtaposed with permanent transformations by fire in the kiln-fired ceramic pieces, manifesting the disjunctive temporalities of water and fire through clay”.