The scope of Greg Payce’s artistic practice over the past 40 years is truly impressive. He is a master ceramist whose work now explores cutting edge photographic and video techniques, melding historical, philosophical and critical issues into large installations that fascinate viewers and art critics alike – and whose individual artworks are refined and exceptional works. This exhibition presents Payce’s decoratively-layered earthenware from the 1990s; his ground-breaking negative space ceramic assemblages; video work exploring historical decorative motifs; and large lenticular photographs which combine his own ceramic works (and often multi-cultural artifacts from his collection,) with the illusion of motion and transformation. Payce’s references are sophisticated, playful and numerous, running the gamut from ancient Greece and French philosopher Voltaire to stop-motion photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge and Doc Martens boots.
The winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (the Saidye Bronfman Award for Fine Craft,) he has exhibited his work in 23 solo exhibitions and over 130 group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. He has presented lectures and workshops nationally and internationally, and his practice has been reviewed in over 40 publications. His work is included in numerous public and private collections. Payce’s public commissions include SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS (2003), a large-scale bronze commission in the Calgary International Airport, and the major ceramic installation work Wane (2005), in the new Canadian embassy in Seoul, Korea. In 2010, he created a turned-aluminum work, Healing Garden, for the Lois Hole Pavilion at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Payce lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, having recently retired after 27 years as a Professor in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
Palimpsest: “1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely scraped off or erased and often legible. 2. An object or area that has extensive evidence of or layers showing activity or use.” The Free Dictionary
August 22 - October 10, 2015
Public Reception with the Artist | Downtown Art Walk
Friday September 25, 7 PM
Music by Taking August | refreshments | no charge