Friday September 6th
The opening of the Medalta International Cup show. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT! The event is the first ever annual cup show to be shown at Medalta. Taking place in the Yuill Gallery, the space provide a great deal of varied concepts related to form, function and an extreme contrast of decorative ideals. I was impressed with the great deal of variety and some cups caught my attention, mostly due to technical prowess and decorative skill. Cups from Jim Gottuso ( http://jimgottuso.wordpress.com/) ( whom I actually purchased a cup from), Josh Stover (http://www.joshstover.com/) , Chris Pickett (http://www.chrispickettceramics.com/) and Max Lehman (http://maxdna.com/) struck me as the best. I also want to do a quick shout out to Nova Scotia and NSCAD alumni- Joan Bruneau (http://www.joanbruneau.com/) , Jim Smith (http://www.jimsmithstudio.ca/), Shauna MacLeod (http://blackcrowpottery.ca/index.php/pottery) and Joanna Pike ( http://joannapike.com/).
Like most times, some cups were more conceptual and, in my opinion, technically deficient. I cannot understand how some pieces can be so beautiful, an example of excellence in decoration, and yet be so poorly created or thrown that they end up weighing a considerable amount, too much so for a cup. I will not name names, that would be improper and rude, but how can you make a cup, a utilitarian item that makes it seem that the artist wished for others to use it, while making it a chore to lift it. The loss of the this awareness creates decorative pieces only, when they should be cups.
All in all, I can only say good things about the cup show happening at Medalta. It is a great thing also to analyze and critique cups that are brought forward, it generates in me an ideal to strive for, a creative yet utilitarian awareness.
By creating an awareness for the arts is always a benefit, and helps up and comer’s such as myself to get involved more heavily in shows. Check out the link below and enjoy the cups!