Jack Sures, Lucy Hogg, and Marco Polo and Colin Ripley to lecture this month
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Art Gallery’s ArtTalk series continues this month with three engaging sets of speakers on deck. These include Ryerson architecture professors Marco Polo and Colin Ripley speaking on Canada’s Centennial Buildings; P.E.I. native, painter Lucy Hogg on her pieces in the current exhibition “Quotation;” and a talk from eminent ceramist Jack Sures at the official opening of “Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures.”
© Lucille Hogg
“Last Landscape,” oil on linen, from collection of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Gift of Lucille Hogg, Charlottetown.
Polo and Ripley are co-curators of a forthcoming exhibition planned as part of Confederation Centre’s 50th anniversary in 2014. Their work examines the ‘brutalist’ architecture of the Canadian Centennial buildings built as part of the nation’s commemorative celebrations.
This lecture focuses primarily on Confederation Centre and is a collaboration between the gallery, the Architects Association of P.E.I, and the P.E.I. Community Foundation, who are funding the talk.
Entitled the “Catherine Hennessey Lecture,” in recognition of the Foundation’s endowment fund, this talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Studio 1. Island historian and author, Dr. Ed MacDonald will introduce the lecturers and the event will also serve as launch for his recent publication “Cradling Confederation,” which chronicles the origins of Confederation Centre of the Arts as a national institution.
“Quotation” focuses on works of art that reference masterpieces from art history. Painter, photographer, and art educator, Lucy Hogg, originally from P.E.I., has three featured works. “Last Landscapes” melds two samples from the genre of the Italian Capriccio, or invented landscape.
The striking “Last Pony” is inspired equally by the equestrian portrait “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs and the background of an earlier painting by Velasquez, “Phillip IV on Horseback.” Inspired by classical paintings of the God Venus, “Rebuilds #4 (after Ingres)” juxtaposes a passive nude figure with a more portrait-like image of a courtesan.
Hogg’s talk will discuss these and other works and is slated for Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery.
“Tactile Desires: The work of Jack Sures” is the first retrospective of one of the country’s most noteworthy ceramists – a multi-faceted figure whose work traverses the categories of craft, fine art, and public monument.
In addition to offering a far-reaching look at Sures' efforts from the early 1960s to the present, this large retrospective addresses his important influence as an educator and mentor.
The official opening for “Tactile Desires” is on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. in Studio 1 and includes an ArtTalk from the ceramist himself.
For more information, visit confederationcentre.com. The Art Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.