The Work of Jack Sures
Opening Reception: Thursday June 6, 7:30PM
Organized by the MackKenzie Art Gallery and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, this exhibition is the first retrospective of one of Canada's most significant ceramists - a multi-facted figure whose exuberant and sensuous work traverses the categories of craft, fine art and public monument. In addition to offering a comprehensive look at his work from the early 1960s to the present, this retrospective will address his important role and influence as an educator and mentor. Sures is part of the group of ceramists including Victor Cicansky, Joe Fafard, David Gilhooly and Marilyn Levine, who in the 1960s liberated ceramics from its traditional, functional role and instead utilized it as a sculptural material. The "Regina Clay" group, as they came to be known, rallied against anything that could be considered dogmatism within the constricts of visual arts and ceramics. However, Sures never rejected the fundamentals inherent in vessel-making continuing to incorporate them as part of his craft.