CHARLOTTETOWN – After four months on exhibition, a major retrospective from renowned ceramic artist, Jack Sures, is set to close on Jan. 12. “Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures” is the first retrospective of Sures – a multi-faceted figure whose work traverses the categories of craft, fine art, and public monument.
© Jack Sures
Hand built pot, 1968, oxides, fibreglass stoneware, from the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection.
In addition to offering a far-reaching look at Sures' efforts from the early 1960s to the present, this retrospective addresses his important influence as an educator and mentor.
Over the past 50 years, the Regina-based artist has contributed to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada, including his implementation of the printmaking and ceramics programs at the University of Regina in 1965, where from 1969 to 1971 he served as chairman for the Department of Visual Arts. Also in 1969, Sures initiated the exhibition “California Ceramics: Shaw, Frimkess, Gilhooly, Melchert” at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, which introduced Regina to the California Funk movement.
Sures is part of the group of maverick ceramists that includes Victor Cicansky, Joe Fafard, David Gilhooly and Marilyn Levine, who during the 1960s liberated ceramics from its traditional, functional role and instead used it as sculptural material. The ‘Regina Clay' group, as they came to be known, rallied against anything that could be considered dogmatism within the constraints of visual arts and ceramics, however Sures never rejected the fundamental processes involved in vessel-making, continuing to incorporate them as part of his craft.
This exhibition was organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask., and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ont., and was supported by the Museums Assistance Program, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on this and other exhibits, visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery.