Tamara Henderson and Wayne Ngan & Gailan Ngan at The Apartment, Vancouver
Henderson’s project emerges from dreams and the movement of their images and experiences into her waking life. In processing these subconscious traces the narratives slip through memories and clichés, desires and trauma. In her films, sculptures and paintings she persistently establishes quotidian objects as near characters before altering them in abrupt or impossible ways: a play of expectation and surprise.
For our exhibition we will present Henderson’s recent collaboration with Jeannine Han Gliding in on a Shrimp Sandwich, 2014 (16mm) and Accent Grave on Ananas, 2013 (16mm) which was included in her presentation at the 2013 Sobey Award exhibition. Henderson will also present storyboard paintings and sculptures developed in the process of making these films.
The films succession of events are carefully planned so the film can be edited in camera, captured in single shots as if experiencing the dream. In this Surrealist tradition, everyday objects are manipulated by unseen hands and the sequenced juxtaposition of these moments creates a narrative that is at once absurd and highly familiar. These sequences allude to chain reactions, operations carried out with focused concentration to meditate on the banal and uncanny with equal attention, troubling out their esoteric truths.
until 24 May 2014
Above – Accent Grave on Ananas (video still), 2013 and Tamara Henderson with Jeannine Han, Gliding in on a Shrimp Sandwich (video still), 2014
Pineapple Interiors, 2013
Tamara Henderson with Jeannine Han, Gliding in on a Shrimp Sandwich (Scene 1), 2013
Tamara Henderson with Jeannine Han, Gliding in on a Shrimp Sandwich (Scene 2), 2013
Tamara Henderson installation view at The Apartment, Vancouver, 2014
Courtesy: the artist; The Apartment, Vancouver.
Wayne Ngan and Gailan Ngan
The Apartment is pleased to announce a presentation of new work by Wayne Ngan and Gailan Ngan. Shown together for the first time, relationships can be seen between father and daughter vessels. All were made in their semi-attached studios on Hornby Island, British Columbia. Although each is distinct in style and approach their mutual inspiration in formal exploration, use of glazes, kiln firings and ongoing technical conversations can be seen from this recent output.
Wayne Ngan has distinguished himself as one of the most virtuosic potters of our time. His recent production incorporates increasingly sculptured, fantastical forms which begin from traditional shapes only to become exaggerated into nuanced contemporary vessels. Their richly glazed bodies express his mastery of classic techniques from China, Korea and Japan infused with an expanded use of understated colour. Inspired by the elements around him, Ngan’s work functions on a different time continuum: a return to an essentialist connection to material.
Gailan Ngan often works with forms rendered with a singular, refined contour line. Ngan glazes her new pots with thick slips that are then decorated with globs and splatters that create layers of colored surface. For this exhibition Gailan has taken on larger forms, creating stunning showpieces that will be exhibited in dialogue with playful standard ware. Increasingly experimental in her glaze application and forms, this exhibition will present an exciting new dimension of this well-loved potter.
until 24 May 2014
Above – Wayne Ngan, Cast Iron Glaze Vase, 2014
Wayne Ngan, Beige Vase, 2014
Wayne Ngan, Orange matte glaze ‘Hawk’ vase, 2014
Wayne Ngan, Sculptural Vase with Lugs and Ash Glaze, 2014
Gailan Ngan, Wobble Vase with Black Glaze & Slip and Ash Drips, 2014
Gailan Ngan, Wobble Vase with Rutile and White, 2014
Gailan Ngan, Wobble Vase with Black Glaze & Slip, Ash and Blue Glaze, 2014
Wayne Ngan & Gailan Ngan installation view at The Apartment, Vancouver, 2014
Courtesy: the artists; The Apartment, Vancouver and Goya Ngan.