Ornamental Boundaries

January 11 - March 3, 2013

Soheila Esfahani and Brendan Tang

Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu Study 4, 2009, ceramics and mixed media 9 x 33.6 x 14 cm. Permanent Collection, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.Image courtesy of the artist.

Soheila Esfahani, The Vagireh Pattern (detail), 2010, laser-etched wooden shipping pallets, 157 x 122 x 101 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

A fascination with the notion of globalized hybrids and the crossover between craft and conceptualism is evident in the
practices of Soheila Esfahani and Brendan Tang. Esfahani, a Kitchener-based painter and sculptor, combines Persian calligraphy and pattern with familiar forms (shipping pallets) that echo the minimalist sculpture of Donald Judd. Her installations focus on translation in its etymological meaning as the process of 'carrying across' or 'bringing across'. Tang contemplates contemporary culture, technology, and globalization by merging the traditional forms of Chinese Ming dynasty ceramics with a futuristic pop aesthetic. Ornate and colourful, Tang's work is a bombastic mash-up of utilitarian craft and the detritus resulting from a tech-obsessed culture of consumerism.


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