Tracks: Mostly New Vessels by Chris Pancoe
Friday, November 8, 2013 to Sunday, December 1, 2013
Meet Chris Pancoe at the opening reception in the Gallery Shop on Friday, November 8, 6-9pm
Chris Pancoe is a multi-media artist with a profound interest in clay. He fires his work using wood and atmospheric firing techniques because of the unique surface qualities it provides.
"I am influenced by a type of urban landscape, mostly in the run-down and decaying industrial edges of my residential neighborhood. Everyday, as I walk my dog, I am fascinated by this area that was once occupied by immigrant workers of busy garment factories, foundries, steel mills. I take in the view of the famous Dominion Bridge, and the pot-holed service roads as I meander along. Within the nooks and crannies of these industrial carcasses is where I have taken up this urban landscape as subject—I seek to emulate the rusty, weathered
elements and ruins of the containers, hoppers, water towers, and storage receptacles, put to rest for the elements to reclaim. I am also fascinated by how these abandoned places are mere shadows of their former selves, as they have become habitat for wild and over grown plants, pigeons, owls, falcons, hawks, grouse, mice, ground squirrels, and fox.
The intention of the works in Tracks is to unite sculpture and utility while imparting a sense of place. Inspired by the rusty carcasses of the industrial vessel, my intention is to bring the aesthetic of a weathered, well-used utilitarian object to the home and bring it back into use for the everyday."
Chris received his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Minnesota. He attended a yearlong residency at Pueblo Espanol in Barcelona Spain and has taught ceramics in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, MN and Inver Hills, MN. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. Currently, he is the Studio Technician for the Ceramics and Sculpture area at the University of Manitoba. He lives in the West End neighborhood of Winnipeg with his wife Jennie O, daughter Lucie, and his dog Sipi.