"Pot With Curl"
Tina Vlassopulos,"Pot With Curl," 2005, stoneware, 12" high.
Dashwood Galleries, Calgary
By Jamie Tarrant
Tina Vlassopulos celebrates the sculptural possibilities of the vessel in her ceramic works. Drawing inspiration from organic and natural forms, the artist infuses her work with a sense of movement and balance, a natural extension of her long-term interest in the performing arts. While she works she immerses herself in music — her pots have been said to be made for music and the spoken voice. Burnished colour, soft blues, off-whites and new lilac treatments accentuate her commanding and eccentric forms. In a show this fall at Dashwood Galleries in Calgary — the artist’s first exposure in Canada — Vlassopulos explores her roots, returning to more traditional forms and colours. Curator Kim Dashwood says her latest installment is refreshing. “She has a Greek background and you can see that in the colours, which are reminiscent of modern-day Greece.”
Represented by: Dashwood Galleries, Calgary; also shows at Graham and Sons, New York, and Hart Gallery in London, England.