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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 06:48

Culture Days will be celebrated at Esplanade Sept. 25

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Winner of Governor General’s Art Award Greg Payce and Medicine Hat’s musical duo Taking August at the Esplanade for Alberta Culture Days Reception and Artwalk Sept. 25.

The Esplanade Art Gallery joins seven other downtown Roving Art Reception venues to present local art and artists, live local music and great food on Sept. 25, from 7– 10 p.m. Greg Payce will lead an informal exhibition tour at the Esplanade during the reception.
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 earthenware with extensively layered decoration from the 1990s; his ground-breaking negative space ceramic assemblages; a video work exploring the history of decorative motifs; and large lenticular photographs which combine his own ceramic works (and often historical multi-cultural pieces from his collection,) with the illusion of motion and transformation created by the lenticular technology. Payce’s references are sophisticated, playful and multitudinous, 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,) Greg Payce has exhibited his work in 23 solo exhibitions (including Illusions, a major retrospective at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto), 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 held in numerous public and private collections, including the Esplanade. Amongst Payce’s public commissions are: SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS (2003), a large-scale bronze in the Calgary International Airport; the major ceramic installation work Wane (2005), in the Canadian embassy in Seoul, Korea; and a turned-aluminum work, Healing Garden ( 2010), 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.
This exhibition accompanies “Greg Payce: Continuum” at Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery (to Oct 31st); Greg will speak about his work at Medalta on September 26 at 7 p.m.

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