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Reinventing Consumption


Published by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery with the Esplanade Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Swift Current, Dunlop Art Gallery, and Access Gallery


Ian Johnston is an architect turned sculptor based in British Columbia. This publication documents an exhibition traveling across the country through to 2015. "The Inventor's Room", presents artifacts related to his original experiments in a vacuum-forming process for ceramics. "The Antechamber" is a repeating-motif ceramic environment created through this process, which evokes the massive scale of the manufacture of consumer goods today. "The Chamber" is an inflating and deflating piece which shrouds and reveals a mass of household items diverted from waste streams in some of the communities in which the work is presented. Mesmerizing, intriguing and sobering, these works bring home, as Johnston states, "the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite."


Curators: Ihor Holubizky, Kim Houghtaling, Linda Jansma, Joanne Marion, Wendy Peart, and Kimberly Phillips
Description:56 pages, 48 colour images
Foreword: Joanne Marion, Kim Houghtaling, Jennifer Matotek, Gabrielle Peacock, Carol Podedworny, and Kimberly Phillips
Essays: Kimberly Phillips and Ihor Holubizky
ISBN: 978-0-9813-3936-8

Retail Price: $15.00
RPL Call Number: 709 JOHNS

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