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PublishedApril 11, 2017 at 01:25pm
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Richard Stratton

Living HistoryThe Dowse Art Museum, Sculpture, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Saturday March 25, 2017 - Sunday July 2, 2017 - Event ended.

Richard Stratton is one of New Zealand’s most innovative ceramic artists. The Dowse is excited to present his new body of work in Richard Stratton: Living History. These 15 distinctive works were produced with Creative New Zealand funding, and signal a fascinating shift in Stratton’s practice. This exhibition is a great opportunity for your institution to host an exhibition with broad audience appeal that invites visitors to connect with Stratton’s innovative practice. Visitors will see links to contemporary and traditional ceramic techniques, architecture, art history and craft history.

RICHARD STRATTON, LOST PAGE, 2016. COURTESY OF ANNA MILES GALLERY
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE
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RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE

RICHARD STRATTON: LIVING HISTORY, INSTALLATION VIEW. COURTESY OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO JOHN LAKE.

In Living History, Wellington artist Richard Stratton presents a series of new work that continues his interest in bringing together ceramic decoration and production techniques, art histories and social narratives.
This exhibition explores how Stratton’s well known, intricate teapots and figurative representations have evolved into enigmatic, sculptural forms. Melding together small slabs of clay until they feel balanced and ‘right’, Stratton’s gradual, stream of conscious manner of making means each new piece can take over a month to complete. His final compositions draw from his immediate environment: abstracted representations of his daily life as both an artist and a stay-at-home father. Blending his insights on everyday experience with European ceramic histories and Modernist art movements, Stratton asks us to consider links between past and present.

He reflects:
“Internationally, ceramics has played a key role to unlocking human history, helping us to date our growth via fragments of clay. New Zealand’s industrial ceramic history was based upon techniques reflected in sherds (pieces) I found while mudlarking on the Thames. These sherds are examples of processes our ceramic predecessors were influenced by and became the backbone of early New Zealand pottery. Living History melds these processes with new forms that consider negative space through the lens of modernist movements such as Cubism, Constructivism and Brutalism, which began to influence my practice during my residency in Guldagergaard, Denmark in early 2016.”

This exhibition combines the benefits of a simple installation with broad audience appeal and the chance to support a New Zealand object artist as they build a broader national audience.

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