Les Manning: Common/Opposites was exhibited at the Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, from March 5 – April 6, 2013. This video, filmed on March 24, features excerpts from the artist talk.
"In a bold departure from the practice which the internationally renowned ceramist developed and refined over the last two decades, the 19 sculptures in Common/Opposites combine Les Manning’s expertise and skill as a ceramist with passion and playfulness. Manning’s new works show a rich emotional and metaphorical register while drawing deeply upon his personal experiences and knowledge of Canada’s lands. Juxtaposing forms, textures and colour, Manning evokes the monumental reach of modernism as an artistic endeavour. Playful references to the humble objects of everyday lighten his sophisticated and contemporary appreciation of the more base aspects of nature, to reveal the rich and contradictory poetry of our ordinary world.
Les Manning was the Director of the Ceramic Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 20 years, and has contributed to ceramics world-wide as a teacher, lecturer, conference and symposium participant and organizer, as well as Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics, founding member and Vice-President of the Alberta Craft Council and first President of Canadian Craft Council. His work has been shown around the world, and is held in private, corporate and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Les Manning is the Senior Artist in Residence at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medicine Hat Historic Clay District, Alberta, and received the Order of Canada in 2012."
The exhibition Common/Opposites was curated by Joanne Marion and its tour organized by the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta.