Friday, April 15, 2011

Yield at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

Paul McClure, GATC – Pile of Genetic Tags, 2011. Printed steel, 3 x 2 cm (each). Photo: Paul Ambtman.

I'm delighted and honoured to have work included in the exhibition "Yield" at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. An exhibition of eight Canadian jewellers from across the country, each of us showing recent work.


YIELD
Opens Friday April 15th at 6PM
Runs until Sunday June 12
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON

ARTISTS
Catherine Allen
Sylvie Altschuler
Colleen Baran
Anneke van Bommel
Bridget Catchpole
Emily Gill
Shannon Kennedy
Paul McClure

CURATOR
Melanie Egan


Curatorial Statement
The idea for this exhibition came from a rather disparaging question, “Is anything going on in Canadian jewellery?”

Haruummph, yes there are 'goings-on' in Canadian jewellery!

The beauty of contemporary Canadian jewellery is that it's in flux (no pun intended). We are a large, expansive country with a tiny population and our collective jewellery activity cannot be easily classified. Too often we have looked to other places to define ourselves, yet only now realize our strengths are varied and that's what needs to be cultivated. Jewellers, like other designers and artists, are in an evolving field. Sublime skill and rigorous thought are influenced by developing technologies, global marketing, and burgeoning means of production. New work and new paradigms are being created! The diversity contained within the Canadian psyche is reflected in this exhibition.

These eight jewellers yield up the goods and provide insight into the 'goings-on' in Canada.

— Melanie Egan
Head, Craft