Manitoba Craft Council: Tracing Paths: Lin Xu and Paul Robles, May 3 - June 28, Opening Reception May 3
Exhibition Runs: May 3 - June 28, 2019
Opening Reception: First Friday, May 3rd, 5 - 9 pm
C2 Centre for Craft
1 - 329 Cumberland Ave
Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 4 pm
Lin Xu and Paul Robles
Curated by Steven Leyden Cochrane
Tracing Paths is a two person show exploring the craft of Lin Xu and Paul Robles curated by Steven Leyden Cochrane. A path is created through repeated action—intentional with a direct purpose or carved through the unforeseen rhythms of our lives. Tracing paths reflects on the journeys and pathways in Roble's and Xu's work, paths that connect and diverge confronting the past to find a way forward with newfound clarity.
Paul Robles creates beautiful paper cuts using a knife to carve out minute sections of paper. What remains is a delicate lace-like image that flows with texture and pattern. Viewers can lose themselves in the precision and intricacy of his craft and the imagery formed. Paul's work explores topics of trauma, grief and sexuality through his paper cuts, with viewers seeing images intended by the artist and finding their own imagery in the slivers cut away with his steady hand.
Lin Xu's ceramics are created from bits and pieces from past projects, finding the beauty in all that comes out of her studio. Lin intuitively assembles, glazes and fires her pieces with a mutual respect for her materials. The result of her efforts is either a new artwork or material inspiration for new ideas to spring from in the future. Her work explores oasis, rest and sanctuary from our busy world, all built in collaboration with her treasured studio castoffs. Her delicate arrangements show hints of the past celebrated and unified in the present.