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John Parker: Continuum (2018)

John Parker: Continuum (2018)

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When:

  • Sat 3 Nov ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 5 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 6 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 7 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 8 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 9 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 10 Nov ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 12 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 13 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 14 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 15 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 16 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 17 Nov ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 19 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 20 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 21 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 22 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 23 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 24 Nov ’18, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 26 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 27 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 28 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St, Dunedin

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

John Parker’s new works sit on a monochromatic spectrum that ranges from dark charcoal to chalky white. The absence of additional colour allows the forms and finishes of the vessels to take centre stage. A number of the pieces stand over a foot high, emphasising their performance as sculptural objects in addition to their practical capacity as vessels.

As well as physically displacing/occupying/enclosing space, the ceramics play with the visual representation and materialisation of negative and positive forms. Glossy, fluid glazes cling to the ridges, curves and angles of some vessels; they shoot out reflections and seem to take up more room than the matte works which are still and self-contained.

Grouped together, similarities of pattern and form combine with the astonishing consistency of Parker’s technique to underscore the relationship of each of his vessels to another. Although each work is a discrete object: it exists in reference to those made before and those made after its creation.

Variations surface and disappear; early forms return in new guises and new forms reveal older roots. Parker’s slender-necked bottles have a lineage that reaches back thousands of years; the sharp, ridged angles and semi-cylindrical shapes seen in many of the vessels recall utilitarian industrial ceramics.

The flawless simplicity of John Parker’s works are the result of decades of making and each unique, hand-thrown piece bears the unmistakable imprint of thousands of hours at the wheel and the kiln. These are ceramics distilled to their essentials, requiring neither more nor less.

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