HOME FOR ORPHANED DISHES 2011
Alan Kane (1961 – )
- 300 1970S CERAMICS, 150 DONATED CERAMICS FROM THE WHITECHAPEL EXHIBITION 2011
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British artist Alan Kane presents a floor-to-ceiling display of a forgotten moment of popular craft revival. The 1960s and '70s saw a resurgence in traditional wheel-thrown, glazed stone and slipware pottery in the typical rustic earthy tones of that era. Patted, squeezed, pinched and pressed, these frank ceramics became a fashionable alternative to mass production and modernist design.
Once treasured, these pots are now often considered ugly or plain and dwell in the back of kitchen cupboards and in charity shops. Blurring the boundary between the artist and the viewer, Kane encourages his audience to co-create by donating their own unwanted ceramics to his installation, and consequently gift items to the British Council Collection itself.
The work was originally conceived for the Whitechapel Gallery and exhibited there in 2011, before being acquired by the British Council Collection.
See the new Orphans donated in Japan here: http://home-for-orphaned-dishes-jp.tumblr.com/