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Manningham Art Gallery
Wednesday 8 February – Saturday 18 March, 2017

Gerry Wedd, ‘Midget’ Jar, 2016, terracotta, coloured slip decoration, h.42cm, w.27cm, d.27cm; Image courtesy the artist and JamFactory; photo: Andrew Cowen

Manningham Art Gallery is pleased to kick off its 2017 exhibition calendar with the exhibition, Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man.

Willow pattern submerged in political jibes, classic urns decorated with lyrical portraits, garniture figurines poised in confrontational narratives, Gerry Wedd’s work is a day at the beach – with a smash of home-baked reality pie in your face for good measure. Traditional ceramic styles imbued with meaty metaphor and peppered full of personal gusto burst the seams of this solo exhibition of new and staple works, showcasing the breadth of this iconic artist’s career.

Wedd enjoys a national reputation in Australia for his handbuilt blue and white ceramics that brim with a dry wit oscillating from the humorous to darkly disturbing. From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his Mother’s hobby-obsession through to formal training at University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

Wedd has won several awards including the Hobart Art Prize in 2010 and the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award in 1998. In 1990 Wedd, with other ceramists, established the Jamboree Workshop in Adelaide. He is represented in public collections around the country including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian National Gallery in Canberra, and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

For Kitschen Man, Wedd will show new works influenced by the ceramics collection he encountered at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on a recent Australia Council Residency as well as quintessentially “Gerry” pieces from a career spanning close to 40 years.

This exhibition is curated by JamFactory’s Senior Curator Margaret Hancock Davis and accompanied by a 20-page exhibition publication designed by James Brown of local Adelaide graphic design firm MASH, with words by Anne Brennan and Ken Gelder, and photography by award winning photographer Andrew Cowen.

Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man – JamFactory Icon 2016 is a JamFactory touring exhibition and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

PUBLIC PROGRAM
Ceramics Workshop with Gerry Wedd
Saturday 11 February, 12–5pm
Price: $60
Join Gerry Wedd for a half-day workshop to experience first-hand the skill, thought, design and genuine wit that go into making his work so engaging and unique. A hands-on workshop for ceramic artists of all skill levels. Light refreshments provided.
Bookings essential here or on 03 9840 9382.

Gerry Wedd, ‘Gram’ Jar, 2016, terracotta, coloured slip decoration, h.64cm, w.43cm, d.43cm; image courtesy the artist and JamFactory; photo: Andrew Cowen

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