Monday, September 28, 2015
Chris Savage “Breaking Point” exhibit at Xchanges Gallery
My show at Xchanges Gallery consists of both ceramics and 2D works. The theme is the re-appropriation of the classic blue and white Delftware designs with a contemporary shift. Breaking Point, the shows title, refers to our current relationship with the environment and Delftware presented itself as a suitable medium to express my ideas about the situation. Typically the designs show scenes of natural beauty or religious motifs, which I looked to subvert in order to highlight the paradox and cost of progress. The ceramic materials also looked to reference this as they were sourced from thrift stores and hand embellished with the dystopian imagery. My aim in the gallery was to create a museum-like environment, displaying the ceramics with the drawings, to cause the viewer to initially question whether or not these are historical or contemporary works.