Current Artist: October-November 2015
In October/November the gallery is featuring the work of Clement Hoeck and Hyesuk Kim.
Clement Hoeck is a potter and cabinet maker, his wife Hyesuk Kim is a textile and paper artist. They both reside in Campbell’s Bay, Québec, in the Municipal Regional County of Pontiac.
Clement Hoeck divides his time between working with wood and clay in his one man garage shop or his basement studio. After being hooked on the potter’s wheel while studying fine arts in college in 1996 he went on to study the craft of ceramics all the while working in various cabinet making shops in Montreal. He obtained a vocational degree from Montreal’s Centre de Céramique Bonsecours in 1998 as well as a College technical training in cabinetry and architectural millwork from l’École Québécoise du Meuble et du Bois Ouvré in 2003. He creates utilitarian and decorative ceramics as well as furniture crafted from local and exotic woods. His pottery is fired in oxidation to 1285 Celsius and is food, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. He worsk in both high fire porcelain and stoneware and uses glazes and techniques inspired from the north Asian masters.
Hyesuk Kim completed a bachelor of textile design at Ulsan University were she also delved heart and soul into (Hanji) craft.
Hanji is traditional Korean paper craft were colorful mulberry paper is cut and stenciled to cover small furniture made of paper hardboard that she also makes. The delicate and intricate designs of Hyesuk are inspired by her South Korean culture. Scenes of fish, deer, lotus flowers and natural elements are blended into colorful patterns and applied to the hardboard furniture, trays and boxes. The pieces are fully functional and meant to be used and admired.
Her textile art is also just as colorful and vibrant. Korean traditional patch working (Pojagi) is reminiscent of stained glass and meant to filter light and inspire a sense of peace and calm. Its origins come from a waste not want not ideal, necessary in times of hardship. The patchworks can be hung on a wall, used as table runners, hung in a window or used to wrap a gift of porcelain or a valuable which was the original purpose of Pojagi. The delicate stitching’s are done by hand and sometimes hundreds of pieces make up the entirety of the patchwork. The administrative patience of her art is evident in all the works, each piece is a labor of love. The mastery of her weaving is also impressive in the size and scope of her work sometimes taking several months to a year to complete a single piece.
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About the Corridor Gallery
The Corridor Gallery is a small, public gallery that has been in operation at the Library since 1997 with the enthusiastic support of the CEO/Chief Librarian, staff and patrons. Colourful and engaging displays are changed on a monthly basis featuring the work of emerging and established artists from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Curators of the Gallery are Barbara Cotterill and Ann Jezewski.
We welcome expressions of interest from artists who are invited to contact the curators by email. Click here for details of how to apply.