Self PortraitsMay 10, 2023
Artist In Residence Solo Art ExhibitionsMay 10, 2023
Exhibition runs May 27th – July 9th, 2023
Opening Reception + Artists Panel Discussion May 26th 6-9pm @Yuill Family Gallery
This exhibition is part of the 2023 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
My sculpture, installation, and pictorial works establish relationships between ceramics, architecture, and photography as a reflection on current global conflicts and environmental catastrophes. Large architectural tiles — glazed to evoke the forces of fire, flooding, contagion, and radiation —are arranged as wall and floor installations. The mounting environmental crisis has provoked an anxiety about the future of the earth and humanity that I have not felt since growing up during the Cold War under the threat of nuclear conflict. As a teenager, my politics were shaped by the punk subculture that stood in opposition to this and other social and environmental ills, yet I understood little beyond the gestalt of songs like Crass’ Nagasaki Nightmare. Working with ceramic and glaze has proven an apt medium to grapple with such existential nuclear and environmental events, given the molecular chemistry and cosmological force of fire integral to the ceramics process.
Corwyn Lund is Toronto-based artist who earned an MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University after studying sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with the support of a Canada-US Fulbright Scholarship. Prior to coming to Medalta, he attended ceramic residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC), Anderson Ranch in Colorado, Shenkar College in Israel, and The Pottery Workshop in China. Lund’s ceramic work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Headstone Gallery in Kingston, NY, the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at the New York State College of Ceramics, and Toronto’s Zalucky Contemporary, and is held in the collections of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.