FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Maine Event: Exhibition of Artworks by Darren Emenau

Beaverbrook Art GalleryApril 3, 20190 Comments


The Maine Event: Exhibition of Artworks by Darren Emenau
Opens at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery


Fredericton, New Brunswick, April 3, 2019 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to present Darren Emenau: Olio, a special showcase of artworks by ceramic artist Darren Emenau, in its orientation gallery starting this weekend. Organized by the University of Maine Museum of Art, Olio presents an assortment of contemporary ceramic objects by this New Brunswick artist. The exhibition will be open to Gallery visitors starting April 6.

In addition to crossing national borders, the artist’s work also crosses the boundary between art and craft. “With a deep understanding of ceramic’s long craft tradition,” writes exhibition curator George Kinghorn, Executive Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, “the artist has charted a new path with works that defy easy categorization. Many of his new sculptural forms and multi-component wall installation fit squarely within the realm of contemporary art.”

In this exhibition, visitors will find an array of hand-made clay objects created by the artist. The artworks, with names like Tubes, Super Tubes, and Vessels, initially suggest functional objects, but are abstracted objects created during a period of what Kinghorn calls, “an unharnessed and playful exploration of form and materials.”

The clay objects are covered in glazes developed by the artist through experimentation, leading to colours that run the gamut from mossy earth tones, to intense blues, to pale pinks. The glazes also cause the surfaces to crack and transform when fired, with the resulting textures calling to mind moss, tree bark, and other natural forms.

“Darren Emenau is one of the most innovative and exciting contemporary ceramic artists working in Canada today,” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux. “In an era where humanity’s connection to our environment is becoming a crucial concern, his fluid aesthetic choices of colour, texture, form, and function playfully and forcefully speak to ideas of beauty, utility, and a deep compassion for the earth.”

Darren Emenau graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 1997. Over his two decade long career to date, he has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the International Craft Biennale in South Korea and the International Ceramic and Glass Exhibition in Turkey. He was featured in the solo exhibition Tributaries at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2012.

Darren Emenau: Olio opens at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on April 6, 2019, and runs until June 9. The exhibition is curated by George Kinghorn and organized by the University of Maine Museum of Art. Interested members of the public are also invited to attend a panel discussion and exhibition catalogue launch on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Admission to this event is by donation, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Hours and Admission:

Gallery hours: From October 8, 2018 to May 26, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

Gallery admission: Admission is free for members, and for children 6 and under. General admission is $10 (adult); 8$ (senior); $5 (student with student ID); $20 (family: up to two adults and all children under 18) and gives access to all current exhibitions. Admission is by donation for all visitors on Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and international works of art. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

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