Greg Payce: Continuum
EXHIBITION: August 22
RECEPTION: Thursday, September 3. 6-8pm
Yuill Family Gallery @Medalta
Greg Payce’s Continuum is an exciting new experience for Medalta. In addition to his early work in our gallery, projections and other experimental works of his will be found throughout Medalta’s historic spaces. This exhibition is running parallel to the Esplanade’s exhibition of his work, Palimpsest.
Statement from the Artist
This exhibition presents works from the first thirty-five or so years of my practice. It shows chronologically, how I began making ceramics as a kid and continued on making them through my K-12 education, my post- secondary education, and my early teaching career. Greg Payce -continuum is a prequel to the work being shown concurrently in Greg Payce -Palimpsest at the Esplanade Gallery, which showcases the last fifteen or so years of my fifty-plus years in the medium.
The continuum of my practice is underscored by an obsession with pottery form and decoration. I was an inveterate maker throughout my youth. My dad had a workbench and tools and my parents let me set up a studio and kiln in our basement. It is interesting to look back on a life of making and see how one concept, process, or technology led to another and how the ideas and forms of other artists affected you. I can see many connections and threads that run all the way through the work. Of course I cannot be objective here. I have chosen the works in the exhibition from pieces that I and my family have ferreted away over the years. What you see here are not necessarily the quintessential examples of the work made during any one period of time or particular material/ process that I explored. There are lots of gaps in the sequence of works here. The final selection reflects my own point of view, not that of a curator. The works were chosen more as available types to illustrate where my hands and my head were at when I made them. Putting this exhibition together has been a very illuminating undertaking. It has brought back some great memories that I did not know existed. For the first time in my life I can start to see a bigger picture of how the work developed and how styles and the zeitgeist of the time affected what I made.
The fact that I was able to actually start making and developing my ceramics at an early age is a testament to strong dedication, education and mentoring from a range of people including my family, friends, teachers, professors, colleagues, and community mentors.