Christopher Reid Flock: Process as Vacuum
May 19 to June 2, 2022
Reception: May 19, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Defense: May 20, 10:00 am (online and in-person)
About the exhibition
I have formed my thought processes to a physical piece as a fist full of colourfully, chorally sharp shards linked to my clay processes. Precariously in isolation, momentarily caught in a literal sense of materiality, this process as vacuum, this figurative gesture, leans into vulnerability. I have reached into “potentiality” and trusted my grip. From that reach I present an inverted snapshot of holding the chaotic as form. Here, I emulate creative play and the agency of possibility.
Christopher Reid Flock is about to complete his Master of Fine Art in Ceramics. In 1997 he began a ceramic mentorship with Canadian Kayo O'Young, followed by ceramic studies at Sheridan College School of Ceramic Design. In 1999 he moved to Japan, beginning a ten-year, self-guided cultural and studio immersion. Four years after returning to Canada, Flock achieved a world first with Siemens Canada and Mohawk College by CT scanning a 6000BCE Jomon-yaki vessel.
He was short-listed for the permanent outdoor ceramic sculpture by the Gardiner Museum, recipient of the 2014 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, the 2015 Founders Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and has received three grants from Canada Council for the Arts.
As a clay educator Flock facilitates his practice through national workshops, guest artist presentations and has provided clay programming within the private, college, and university systems.
His work can be found in both national and international private collections: the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France, Yingge Ceramics Museum, the residence of the Prime Minister of Canada, Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Burlington.
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School of Art Gallery
180 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2