CO-CURATED BY TARA WESTERMANN & JENNA KLEIN-WALLER
HAND PIC’D 2017 presents a two-person exhibition with artists Jocelyn Reid and Dylan Cameron. Challenging traditional notions of ‘craft’ through their critical art practices, Reid and Cameron’s works demonstrate the expressive potential of their chosen media.
Jocelyn Reid re-examines the disposable nature of commonplace objects in her sculpture and installation based practice. Children’s toys are the particular focus of her works. Reid distorts various toys’ recognizable form and function by casting these forgotten items into porcelain. Drawing on the precious associations of the medium, her porcelain works emphasize the nostalgic elements of her chosen subjects, and draw a relationship between objects that we love as children and the ways in which they gain or lose value as they age. Reid holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2013). She has participated in numerous residencies including the prestigious Medalta ceramics studios in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, and internationally in the United States and Australia.
Dylan Cameron considers the ways that denim embodies associations with American idealism and punk subculture. Cameron applies course dying techniques using bleach, rust, and minerals to alter the fabric and accentuate the material’s inherent malleability. His works physically strip the material in order to examine its underlying sociopolitical codes. Industrial supports and details further identify denim with rugged, working class masculinity. Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2017). His work has been included in several exhibitions and arts festivals in Canada alongside his more recent curatorial projects and performances.