Friday, 16 November 2012

from 'Artists giving traditions new life' - Hamilton Spectator by Regina Haggo, Thu Feb 16 2012     


This stamped and carved ceramic pencil holder by Lee Jung-Do is part of his exhibition of Buncheong pottery.


Rueter’s paper and mixed-media creations are on show at the Dundas gallery along with ceramics by Lee Jung-Do. The exhibitions are separate but they share a strong sense of history, preserving traditional arts and crafts while giving them a fresh spin.

Lee Jung-Do focuses firmly on form in his monochrome ceramics. Lee covers his striking white slip-coated bowls, platters and jars with animated and stylized birds, fish and flowers. But the patterns never distract from the vessel’s shape.
He’s filled the interior of a large platter, for instance, with tiny fish forms, some overlapping and all swimming in circles, a direction that reinforces the platter’s shape.
“My work,” he says, “is a continuing process of pursuing complete beauty from simple and elegant appearance.”

The beauty of traditional Buncheong ware has captivated him. This traditional stoneware was popular in Korea before the 16th century.

Buncheong Pencil Holder, a wide-mouthed vessel with a slim rim, boasts a stamped and carved pattern that covers the whole body. Rounded flowers of various sizes compete for attention with small holes, some rounded, others more rectangular. The randomly placed holes add an eye-catching component to the pattern, bringing an unexpected irregularity to the surface and drawing our attention sporadically to the vessel’s interior.

Regina Haggo, art historian, public speaker, curator and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art.
William Rueter and Lee Jung-Do
Where: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas
When: until Feb. 26
Phone: 905-627-4265