HISTORIES: ABOUT REGINA CLAY
Describes the impact of Bay Area artists on the Regina Clay scene, and the cultural exchange between California and Saskatchewan
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This exhibition examines how during the 1960s and 1970s in the small prairie city of Regina, Saskatchewan clay came into its own as a sculptural medium and became the vehicle for a creative explosion.
During this energetic period, artists first absorbed and then rejected modernist traditions of abstraction. Clay, an adaptable material free of pretensions, was the preferred medium for this challenge. With the catalyst of California funk art, irreverent works filled with humour, personal narratives, and insight began to appear in Regina. In many cases, artists created whole "worlds"- peopled, as the case may be, by animals, immigrants, or rural prairie residents. These remarkable works, which the label of prairie regionalism only partially defines, show evidence of an emerging postmodern understanding of the relationship between the local and the global, between the personal and the public.