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Jamfactory’s Iconic Touring Exhibition - Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Archived 15 May 2018 - Posted: 17 Mar 2018
Manly Art Gallery & Museum will provide Sydney art lovers with the rare opportunity to experience first-hand the works of one of Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft practitioners.

The JamFactory Icon touring exhibition Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man (Friday 6 April - Sunday 20 May) will showcase Gerry Wedd’s hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics that brim with a dry wit and shifts from the humorous to darkly disturbing. 

From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his mother’s hobby obsession, through to formal training at the University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at the JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

“Whether willow pattern submerged in political jibes, classic urns decorated with lyrical portraits, or garniture figurines poised in confrontational narratives, Gerry Wedd’s work is truly ‘a day at the beach – with a smash of home-baked reality pie in your face for good measure’,” JamFactory curator Margaret Hancock-Davis said.

Traditional ceramic styles imbued with a meaty metaphor and peppered full of personal gusto burst the seams of this solo exhibition with new and staple works, showcase the breadth of this iconic artist’s career.

In the late 1980s as a young surfer and artist, Wedd came to the attention of Mambo Graphics, the iconoclastic surf-wear company. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of surfing culture, and his ‘scratch board’ style of drawing, Wedd found a spiritual home in Mambo - and helped build the developing Mambo ethic.

Working for Mambo until 2006, Wedd designed and created designs for ceramics, textile posters, clothing, metalwork and surfboards. He became an archetypal piece of the iconic Australian surfing label, Mambo.

This exhibition is curated by JamFactory’s Senior Curator, Margaret Hancock Davis. It is accompanied by a 20-page exhibition publication which has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

For details, visit the gallery website or call Manly Art Gallery & Museum on 9976 1421.

Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man

Friday 6 April - Sunday 14 Oct

Official Opening:                  
Friday 6 April, 6 - 8pm by Paul Clarke, documentary filmmaker

Artist in Conversation:        
Saturday 7 April, 10:30am – 3pm: Join Gerry Wedd on a walk through the exhibition in a discussion about the development of his ideas and work. A light lunch will then be provided, followed by a 3 hour demonstration by the artist.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Cnr West Esplanade & Commonwealth Pde, Manly.

This article archived 15 May 2018

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