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Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art. Hayward Gallery | Pro Club Bd

From October 26, 2022 – January 8, 2023 the Hayward Gallery presents Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art, the UK’s first major group exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have used the medium of clay in inventive ways. With the recent surge in interest in ceramics from artists around the world, as well as countless people enjoying sculpting clay as a pastime, Strange clay offers a contemporary reflection on this important and popular medium. With 23 international and intergenerational artists from ceramic legends Betty Holzman, Beate Kuehn, Ron Nagle and KenPricefor a new generation of artists pushing the boundaries of ceramics today, the exhibition will explore the far-reaching potential of clay through a variety of playful and socially engaged artworks.

Curated by dr Cliff Lauson, Strange sound will feature eccentric abstract sculptures, large immersive installations, fantastical otherworldly figures and eerie incantations of everyday objects. The artworks vary in size, execution and technique and address themes ranging from architecture to social justice, the body, the domestic, the political and the organic. Regardless of their origins or their path into the material, all of the artists in the exhibition celebrate the sheer possibility and versatility of clay.

In a brand new commission for the exhibition entitled Until death do us part (2022), Lindsey Mendick explores the domestic as a scene of conflict and negotiation. Reflecting on the ambivalence of domestic attitudes and relationships, the home is depicted as a battlefield where vermin infiltrate every corner of the home.

David Zinc Yi‘s giant ceramic squid, Untitled (Architeuthis) (2010) sprawls across the gallery floor, spanning more than 15 feet and lying in what appears to be its own ink. Fascinated by the extreme biological differences between humans and squid, he explores the relationship between myth making and identity construction.

In his ceramic sculptures Takuro Kuwata radically reinterprets the shape of a traditional Japanese tea bowl chawan – a vessel for preparing and preparing tea for traditional ceremonies. Varying greatly in their scale, the artist’s sculptures are glazed with ornate colors and textures that evoke organic forms and push traditional techniques to create something utterly unique and surprising.

Fantastic creatures are shown in a botanical installation Klara Kristalova, with plants and ceramic sculptures. Roots, moss, grass and branches are reminiscent of the forest that surrounds the artist’s studio in the Swedish wilderness and the forest landscape of fairy tales.

Woody de OthelloTransforming the shapes of traditional household objects into oversized, twisted, and sometimes anthropomorphic forms, ‘s surreal clay sculptures. With his distinct approach to ceramics, Othello reinvents the everyday with a humorous twist while offering serious reflection on society and race.

Strange sound Contains works by Aaron Angell, Salvatore Arancio, Leilah Babirye, Jonathan Baldock, Lubna Chowdhary, Edmund de Waal, Emma Hart, Liu Jianhua, Rachel Kneebone, Serena Korda, Klara Kristalova, Beate Kuhn, Takuro Kuwata, Lindsey Mendick, Ron Nagle, Magdalene Odundo, Woody De Othello, Grayson Perry, Shahpour Pouyan, Ken Price, Brie Ruais, Betty Woodman, and David Zink Yi.

dr Cliff Lauson, curator of Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Artsays: Strange sound brings together some of the most exciting ceramic artists of recent years. Using innovative methods and techniques, they push the medium to its physical and conceptual limits and create imaginative works of art that surprise and provoke in equal measure.

Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, says: “Lively, playful and provocative, Strange sound brings together a diverse array of artists – from around the world as well as the UK – whose work is imaginatively redefining the place of ceramics in contemporary art. Her work celebrates the unique qualities of the medium to explore a range of contemporary concerns.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Dr. Cliff Lauson and Amy Sherlock, texts by Allie Biswas, Jareh Das, Hettie Judah and Jenni Lomax, and a panel discussion with four artists from the exhibition, chaired by Elinor Morgan. published by Hayward Publishing and Hatje Cantz.

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art is by Dr. Cliff Lauson with Assistant Curator Marie-Charlotte Carrier and Assistant Curator Suzanna Petot.

Strange clay is generously supported by Manizeh & Danny Rimer and the Strange sound: Exhibition support group: Gagosian; Hauser & Wirth; White Cube; and THE CLUB. With additional support from the Swedish Embassy in London.

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Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom

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