In conjunction with the current exhibition, "Materially speaking," the Richmond Art Gallery will present an Artists’ Talk with Brendan Lee Satish Tang and Julie York. Immediately following with be a "Meet and Greet" with new Gallery Director, Rachel Rosenfield Lafo from 8:00pm -9:00pm.
BRENDAN LEE SATISH TANG was born in Dublin (1975), Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learned to appreciate the ceramic medium. Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the country, and his professional practice has also taken him to India, Trinidad and Japan. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and at the European Ceramic Work Centre (‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL) in 2011.
Tang’s work is exhibited in Canada and internationally. He has been profiled by The Knowledge Network, and featured in printed publications including The National Post, Wired (UK and Italy), and ELLE (Canada). In 2012 Tang received the RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award. Tang dedicates his full attention to his professional art practice, where he continues to explore the interface between culture and material.
JULIE YORK is an artist who works in traditional craft materials using non-traditional approaches. She is one of a handful of recognized art makers currently redefining the use of clay in sculptural work. York has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and two Creative Production Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been included in numerous shows internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery in New York City; her work is also part of numerous permanent and private collections.
York is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and her MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Subsequently, she has held fellowships and residencies at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, and International Ceramic Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark.