Approved: 16.08.2006

Conor Wilson

Approved: 16.08.2006

Perhaps the overriding concern is with exploring the relationship between nature and culture through the concepts of 'the wild', 'the domestic' and 'the pastoral'.
I like art to be ambiguous, odd, difficult to understand, but I often feel that it is too easy to be 'weird'. I want something that expresses an individual's own particular take on the world, but which is also engaged and relevant

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
 

Biography

Perhaps the overriding concern is with exploring the relationship between nature and culture through the concepts of 'the wild', 'the domestic' and 'the pastoral'. I like art to be ambiguous, odd, difficult to understand, but I often feel that it is too easy to be 'weird'. I want something that expresses an individual's own particular take on the world, but which is also engaged and relevant to its time. This is what I have been struggling to do - to produce work that has something to say about the value of making by hand in a post-industrial society and how we understand that activity in a world that also includes industrial and pre-industrial societies. On another level, the work is pure display. I am a Bower Bird and this is my glittering nest. We lead a merry dance of cooperation and competition. My recent practice has focused on ceramics as a discipline, as opposed to just utilising clay as a material. One of the strengths of ceramics is its eclecticism. Many ceramic traditions seem to have borrowed from everywhere - 'high' and 'low' art, social commentary, nature and always what has been considered the best of the pottery production of trading partners. The history of ceramics illuminates complex trading links and the discipline almost functions as a metaphor for cross-cultural fertilisation.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2009 - 25 Years, Howard Gardens Gallery, CSAD, Cardiff, UK 2009 - 5th World Ceramic Biennale, WOCEF, Republic of Korea 2009 - Art & Utility, Henry Thomas Gallery, West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen, Wales 2009 - British Ceramics Biennial, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK 2008 - 2nd International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Kecskemet , Hungary 2008 - Bristol Contemporary Open, Paintworks, Bristol, UK 2007 - Archive, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK 2007 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK 2007 - Ceramics Now, Milton Gallery, London, UK 2007 - Found, Bower Ashton Gallery, UWE, Bristol, UK 2007 - Open Sculpture, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK 2007 - Out of the Ordinary, Newport Museum & Art Gallery, South Wales 2006 - Collect, V&A Museum, London, UK 2006 - Gallery Artists, COSA Gallery, London, UK 2006 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK 2005 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK Live/Performance 2005 - FULL, Plan 9, Bristol, UK 2000 - Travelling Temple of Light, Hewlett Packard Research Labs, Bristol, UK