Crafting Paradox at the Rooms, St. John’s

Never underestimate the power of “craft”. Whatever it is. Whatever it was. The Rooms in St. John’s Newfoundland’s Crafting Paradox exhibits the art of three fantastic artists:

Cal Lane crafts exquisite, metal works, so delicate, as if constructed from string or paper.

Image Credit: Cal Lane, Doily #1, 2002, flame cut steel, Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Purchased with funds provided by the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 2003. Photography by Steve Farmer.

Jason Holley makes chain mail with ceramic links.

John Good year creates what I can only describe as other-worldly delicacies out of wood.

Commonly, there is a paradox that results from the tension between material and technique, form and content. Fellow blogger Rosalind Ford had the opportunity to see the show:

It’s amazing. From Cal’s intensely torched out oil drum to resemble a map of the world, John’s woodwork that will have you wondering what the heck his material is – I’ve never seen anyone treat wood the way he does and then there’s Jason’s claymaille. Looks like metal, sounds like metal, but made of clay.

Crafting Paradox exhibits until May 15th 2011.

www.therooms.ca

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