Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Empty Vessels - Selections from the Margaret Lawrence Ceramics Collection by David Sequeira

New director, David Sequeira, has cleared all storage boxes to complete this display of what seems like most of the 600 piece Margaret Lawrence collection. Sequeira's curatorial and art practice shows a passion for collection, vessels and arrangements in rainbow colour sequence. Entitled Empty Vessels, each ceramic piece, undulates in a gentle line around the two gallery walls. Sequeira's keen eye had addressed his interests by working with a linear harmony using height and colour balance rather than gradation. See the image below of Sequeira's work in the back wall of the VCA office.
Wednesday 12 April - 13 May 2017
Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA 40 Dodds Street
, Southbank VIC 3006
The two galleries also display a large installation piece recreated from 1994 for Lauren Berkowitz's Bottles. Berkowitz's recycled and beautiful floor cluster is a potent comment on our throw away society. This contrasts wonderfully with precious and linear expanse of Lawrence's ceramic pots, vessels which have been collected and stored with much will and passion.
Lauren Berkowitz Bottles, bottle and jars

Of all the many treasures on display, I have included in this blog works that fulfill my interest in landscape, greens glaze and coiling.
Energetic early Vipoo Srivilasa before he discovered porcelain and cobalt
Wonderful David Potter, so good to see his work again.
A marvellous loosely made Jeff Minchum, a master of relief texture
I am always captivated by the Merric and Doris Boyd's pots. The wind rustling through the branches seems ever presnent.
Confident Klytie Pate with this mob of kangaroos as circular decoration and a delicious green colour,

VCA/ Margaret Lawrence Gallery with David Sequeira found vessel groupings on back wall.

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