20 October 2017 - 12:15, by , in Artists Press, Gallery Jones News, Comments off
Brendan Tang receives the Mayor's Art Award / Photo by Sarah Race
Brendan Tang receives the Mayor’s Art Award / Photo by Sarah Race

Congratulations to Brendan Tang, who has received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Craft and Design in Vancouver for 2017. The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize 25 of the “best and brightest” creative minds in the city, in a broad range of artistic disciplines from visual to culinary and literary arts. Honourees receive a cash award and are selected for:

  • Making significant contributions to their selected disciplines
  • Achieving or contributing to artistic excellence
  • Showing leadership and support to Vancouver’s diverse cultural communities in their careers

On October 11th, 2017, Brendan Tang and the other honourees and selected emerging artists were presented their award by Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver.

Click here for the full press release.

 

2 June 2017 - 12:41, by , in Artists Press, Gallery Jones News, Comments off
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Brendan Lee Satish Tang, Manga Ormolu Ver. 5.0-s, 2016.

Brendan Lee Satish Tang has been mentioned in recent press as a finalist for the Spanish fashion house Leowe’s inaugural Craft Prize, an award recognizing expert craftmanship from around the world. Tang’s work, along with the other finalists, is currently on display at New York Chamber gallery.

Click here for the article in Architectural Digest

Click here for the article in Co. Design

Click here for the article in Vogue Magazine

Click here for the article in Wallpaper online magazine.

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The finalists work on display at Chamber Gallery
11 May 2017 - 14:16, by , in Artists Press, Gallery Jones News, Comments off

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Work by Brendan Tang is featured in an upcoming exhibition Ready Player Two (May 25-September 3, 2017) at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotford, BC. The exhibition presents collaborative and independent works by Brendan Tang alongside interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu, combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how the forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.

The Reach Gallery Museum describes the artistic interplay between the two artists in Ready Player Two as they address the activities of adolescence:

“In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.”

8 November 2016 - 16:00, by , in Exhibitions & Fairs, Comments off

Solo booth with Brendan Tang at Art Toronto 2016, October 28-31.

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Gallery Jones gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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1 October 2016 - 16:03, by , in Exhibitions & Fairs, Comments off

Exhibition Dates: September 10 – October 11, 2016

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Brendan Tang’s ceramic creations have been exhibited and collected widely. In the past few years his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Ariana Museum in Geneva, Musée Magnelli in Vallauris, France as well as in Shanghai, Limoges, Seattle, Kansas City, Reno, Toronto, Montréal to name just a few.  This exhibition at Gallery Jones brings together pieces from the Manga Ormolu series that have been garnering critical attention nationally and internationally, entirely new work from the studio and an exciting new series of suspended sculptures that play in the realm of pop cultural appropriation.

There is a catalogue that accompanies the exhibition and the following is an excerpt from the essay by Shaun Dacey, Curator at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver:

For Tang, the initial impetus of the work emerges from the historical context of ormolu. The act of Europeans adding ormolu (gold and bronze gilt mounts) to Chinese made ceramics emerged in 18th century France after the explosion of Ming Dynasty ceramic imports in preceding centuries. Through the development of new techniques and experimentation in vessel shape and colour influenced by contact with Islam, Chinese ceramics emerged as a highly sought after luxury object in European aristocracy. Capitalizing on this, the industry shifted to focus on export to the west. Chinese ceramists began to produce compositions specifically for their western audience. European importers in turn began to adding ormolu to ‘westernize’ the vessels. These original mash-ups are a physical representation of the cross-cultural exchange at the time. They speak to the evolutionary nature of a globalized market, and a complex timeline of influence from Islam to China, and eventually Europe.

Responding to this early modern mash-up ormolu, Tang offers us a skilled slight of the hand. When one encounters these impossibly surreal objects, the spectacle is astounding. But, on closer inspection the magic trick is slowly exposed. The artist’s hand becomes made evident. Perfect copies, the two duelling forms are fantasy. Beyond this showmanship and baroque virtuosity, the series speaks to a transience. Tang’s connection of traditional and future forms rest in-between the malleability and friction of ethno-pop-cultural identity, an amalgam of western perceptions of ‘Asian-ness’. As apparent by its titling, Manga Ormolu is both hybrid and transitional, a very physical collision between compositional and stylistic tropes that evoke cultural stereotypes.

 

 

20 February 2013 - 17:44, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

The Blue and White exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston runs from February 20th through to July 14th, 2013. For additonal information on the group exhibition read here:   http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/new-blue-and-white

30 January 2013 - 13:24, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

The Surrey Art Gallery currently has three diverse shows exploring the fine tradition of ceramics in- conjunction with video, photography & new technologies. The Future is Already Here, combines the work of Alex McLeod & Brendan Tang & is guest curated by Rachel Lafo. Ornamentalism, features Clint Neufeld & Dirk Staschke. Beyond the Vessel’s Edge displays ceramics from their permanent collection.

The exhibition will run until March 24th. Check out video from the opening reception here!

30 November 2012 - 16:59, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Brendan Tang’s work has recently been acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gardiner Museum and the Seattle Art Museum, among others. Moreover, there are a plethora of upcoming museum exhibitions, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to the Surrey Art Gallery and the Richmond Art Gallery.

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23 July 2010 - 21:30, by , in Artists Press, Comments off

Congratulations to Brendan Tang on his nomination to the short-list for the Sobey Art Award!  Brendan is representing the West Coast and the Yukon in this national competition honoring the best in contemporary art, with a top prize of $50,000.

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