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Mad & Noisy Gallery (Posted On: Tuesday, April 20, 2010)

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Printmaker and Potter Featured Artists at Mad & Noisy Gallery

Creemore.....   Both featured artists in the "Paper and Procelain" show at the Mad and Noisy Gallery in May incorporate historic techniques into their 21st century art.  On her porcelain pieces, Hannun Lyn uses traditional Chinese glazes, such as green and blue celadons, as well as a 17th Century Japanese glaze, temmoku.

Loralie Clemmensen takes us back to the days of hand-carved printing with her reduction linocut prints.

Hannun's ceramics represent a blend of delicate art and functional object.   "I love the contrasting qualities of porcelain; its fragility and strength; whiteness and translucency," she says. "I believe that today we need functional objects that are both useful and beautiful."

Born in Jamaica and raised in Montreal, Hannun's family melded their Chinese heritage with their new North American surroundings. A graduate of Sheridan School of Craft and Design, her work imitates her own culturally diverse life with its influences of Tang and Sung dynasties as well as contemporary artists like Isamu Noguchi, Rudolph Straffel, Bruce Cochrane and Harlan House.  At this show, the Mulmur Township artist will have a full range of vases, bowls, mugs and water fountains.

Inspired by the effect of light or weather on the landscape, Loralie chooses to communicate her impressions through full-colour reduction linocut prints.  

Working in her studio, just west of Tottenham, Loralie carves the picture into a linoleum plate, one layer at a time.  After each carving, paint is applied to the grooves and transferred to paper.  Then another layer of the picture is carved into the same piece of linoleum and printed over the previous layer. A method of exact registration allows the paper to fall onto the plate in precisely the same place each time a layer is printed. 

Although multiple copies can be made, the artist decides from the beginning how many copies will be included in one edition. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and the plate from which they were printed is usually cancelled or destroyed. This limits the edition and even though there are multiple copies of the image, each one is an original work of art.

"Reduction linocut printing is an exhilarating technique," says Loralie.  "There is no going back and correcting after the carving of each layer is done. While there is always the risk of failure (whole editions have been discarded after many layers of work) I enjoy the challenge of "thinking backwards" and incorporating the unexpected results which appear with every layer in order to achieve a good result."

The opening reception for "Paper and Porcelain" will be Saturday, May 1st from 2 to 5 pm.  The show will then continue throughout the month of May. The Mad & Noisy Gallery, at 154 Mill St. in Creemore, is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. For more information contact the gallery at 705-466-5555 or www.madandnoisy.com.

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