January 1, 2013
Common/Opposites presents works in clay by Les Manning, the internationally recognized ceramist based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In these new sculptures, Manning uses his firm grounding in the land and landscape around us to create ceramic works that vault beyond, into a realm where our recognition of everyday things jostles and collides with metaphor, revealing the rich and contradictory poetry of our ordinary world.
Les Manning is the Senior Artist in Residence at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in Medicine Hat, Alberta. His work has been shown around the world. Les Manning was the Director of the Ceramic Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 20 years, and has contributed to ceramics world-wide as a teacher, lecturer, conference and symposium participant and organizer, as well as Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics, founding member and Vice-President of the Alberta Craft Council and first President of Canadian Craft Council. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2012.
Les Manning Common/Opposites was on display at the Seymour Gallery in North Vancouver, British Columbia from March 5 to April 6, 2013. He gave an artist talk on March 26, 2013. See video below.