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The Object Factory | Toronto 15 May - 7 September 2008

Ornamental Inheritance

This spring Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, in cooperation with curator Marek Cecula, will present the next generation of ceramics. For the first time ever, the work of artists, designers and manufacturers displayed side-by-side, showing that inspiration and method is now being shared between these three distinct worlds.

New technology, new materials and innovative use of existing technology and materials have expanded the already diverse use of ceramics as a medium for both the functional object and the object d’art.

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics is running from May 15 to September 7, 2008. Representing 18 countries, it features 150 objects by artists, including Cindy Sherman, designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Studio Job, Hella Jongerius, Studio Jo Meesters and manufacturers like Rosenthal and Nymphenburg. Cecula aims to convey that this new relationship between artists, designers and industry “has heralded a vitality and fresh orientation to ceramic material.”
New technology and innovation have expanded the already diverse use of ceramic material; for example, on display in the exhibition are a knife, a toaster, ornate chandelier , all of which are ceramic. The exhibition will also highlight the latest applications of form and imagery. To complement the exhibition, on Saturday, May 17 from 1 to 4 pm, the Museum is holding a symposium in association with the Ontario College of Art and Design. An international panel including Denmark’s Jorunn Veiteberg, professor of art theory at Bergen National Academy, and Glen Brown, a critic and tenured professor of art history at Kansas State University, will discuss “the art of industrial design” and debate the placement of this exhibit. An exhibition catalogue, Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics will be available for sale in the Gardiner Shop. And for the duration of this show, the Gardiner Shop will feature stunning objects made by the artists, industrial designers and manufacturers represented in Object Factory. 

Studio Jo Meesters will be showcasing Ornamental Inheritance, a collection of sandblasted used ceramics combining contemporary symbols such as airplanes, nature and architecture. In combination with traditional delfware ornaments, a new landscape arises linking the old with the new.

Curator: Marek Cecula

The Object Factory: Ceramic Art, Design & Industry . 15 May - 7 Sept 2008 . Gardiner Museum . 111 Queen’s Park . Toronto . Ontario . Canada