Thursday 30 January 2014 – Media Release
A Celebration of Clay by Kate Malone at Canary Wharf
The first exhibition in the 2014 Sculpture at Work programme at Canary Wharf is underway and the Lobby of One Canada Square now houses a selection of beautiful works by highly-acclaimed ceramicist Kate Malone. Malone’s vessels are always surprising, with her ambition for the extraordinary transforming familiar, natural objects such as pumpkins, pineapples, gourds, nuts, seeds and fennels into articles of astonishing beauty and intricacy. Even pieces that verge on the minimal have underlying complexity, which must be negotiated when looking, understanding and, most importantly, enjoying them.
Malone has a unique vision within the world of contemporary ceramics, one that links her directly to the continuum of British and European pottery, such as the traditions of Stoke on Trent developed by Minton, and those of Art Nouveau at the turn of the century in Europe.
Malone’s decorative ware also takes inspiration from Palissy, created by the English firm of A E Jones & Sons of Stoke on Trent through the 1900s but named in acknowledgement of the famous French potter working in the sixteenth century, and Majolica – Italian Majolica dating from the Renaissance, followed by Victorian Majolica made in Britain. However, her ceramics are equally in tune with her own time, as is particularly evident in the series she describes as Atomics. In these pieces particles (electrons) move around the nucleus, which is represented by the pot.
Ann Elliott, exhibition curator at Canary Wharf, comments: “Kate Malone enjoys working on a large scale, which she can manage well in her own studio, and has created pieces up to 1 metre high. These are balanced by smaller studio pieces following like themes. All her ceramics glow with inner light due to the thick, translucent and transparent glazes she uses over white clay. The work is extravagant, generous, ebullient and joyous.”
The striking exhibition is a welcome addition to the visual arts programme at Canary Wharf and the first in the 2014 Sculpture at Work series. 2013 saw an eclectic range of art from celebrated names such as Halima Cassell, Nick Hornby, Eilis O’Connell and Sinta Tantra, together with significant bronze sculptures from the celebrated Ingram Collection of Modern British Art.
The exhibition has been organised in association with Kate Malone’s dealer, Adrian Sassoon, London.
One Canada Square
20 January – 14 March 2014
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About the Artist
Kate Malone was born in London in 1959. She studied Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic 1979-82 gaining a BA (Hons) and at the Royal College of Art, London1983-86, graduating with an MA. Malone has exhibited widely in Britain and in Europe, Canada and the United States since 1987. Her work is collected privately and is in numerous public collections, including Arts Council, London; Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; British Council Collection; Crafts Council, London; Contemporary Art Society, London; Gallery Oldham, Oldham, Greater Manchester; Geffrye Museum, London; Harley Foundation Collection, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; Leeds City Art Gallery; McManus Galleries & Museum, Dundee; Manchester City Art Gallery; National Museum & Gallery of Wales, Cardiff; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; Paisley Museum & Art Gallery; Stoke-On-Trent Museum; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; The Cleveland Arts Trust; Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; York City Art Gallery; Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, France; Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho, USA; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA; Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Canada.
Malone lives and works in London, and at times in France.
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme
Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.
In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.
Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 65 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, together with numerous sculptural works and site-specific commissions by artists including Eilis O’Connell, Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate.
‘Sculpture at Work’, the programme of temporary exhibitions held in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of ‘Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions’. Curated by Ann Elliott in collaboration with Canary Wharf’s Public Art team, the programme has shown more than 60 exhibitions in which over 150 artists have participated. Exhibitors have included Sir Anthony Caro OM, Lynn Chadwick, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Charles Hadcock, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Eilis O’Connell, Wendy Taylor CBE and Franz West. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and David Nash, and many younger artists have shown also their work here at the start of their careers.
The programme was pleased to show Bronze Sculptures from the Ingram Collection in 2013, featuring works by some of Britain’s most renowned artists.
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 16 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 280 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. The Group reports sustainability performance using the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines achieving a commendable B+ level and is also aligned with the EPRA Best Practices Recommendations.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.