Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
The conceptual approach and remarkable technical expertise presented in this exhibition, fuses design, art, and craft, and challenges our preconception of domestic objects and furniture. Featuring multiple works by four established and influential makers: Brent Comber (North Vancouver), Heidi Earnshaw (Toronto), Gord Peteran (Toronto), Brian Richer (Toronto).
Opening: Saturday, May 30, 2:00pm
Brent Comber is a fourth generation North Vancouverite who believes that ‘place’ is a key inspiration and influence in his work. The rich history and sheer magnitude of the forests of British Columbia are reflected in his powerful, elegant, and deceptively simple solid wood forms.
Heidi Earnshaw Design is a studio specializing in the design and production of solid wood furniture and functional objects. Through commissioned projects and an expanding made to order collection, Earnshaw strives to create timeless, carefully detailed pieces that enhance our daily rituals and add comfort and beauty to the spaces we inhabit.
“Gord Peteran has launched a boundary crossing career opening up the category of furniture to an unprecedented range of psychological and conceptual content. He uses found objects, assemblage techniques, metal casting, fine cabinetry and drawing to create artworks that challenge the established Art, Design and Craft terms of reference.” Catalogue excerpt by Dr. Glenn Adamson, Glenn Adamson, Head of Graduate Studies, Research Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England.
Brian Richer’s artistic practice is as varied as his experience, which includes stone carving, industrial design, restaurant ownership, interior design and degrees in English Literature and Philosophy. A central aspect of Richer’s practice is testing the limits of materials, both in terms of their aesthetic and structural properties, as well as their ability to represent and make reference. Richer is also interested in the intersection between art and technology, which he explores with business partner Kei Ng through their company Castor Design. Richer’s work blurs the line between the practicality of engineering, the stamp of the maker and fine art. Brian is represented by Gallery House.