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Ethnographic Terminalia

'Transfer' by Ian Kirkpatrick - Ethnographic Terminalia

Inspired by traditional forms such as Wedgewood plates and Classical greek vases, I often use modern-day ‘ceramics’ – paper plates and cardboard boxes – as canvases upon which to examine Western society’s master narratives.  For the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibition I continued my research-based process by examining the genealogy of motifs and fantasies incorporated into the history of blue-and-white ceramics.

My Transfer series involved historical and modern visuals derived from the actual ceramics – as well as imagery of Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French, British, and American origin.  Together this fusion of imagery explored the intertwined and complex relationship underlying the past – and present – trafffic of ideas between East and West.

Ethnographic Terminalia (2010) was scheduled to coincide with the 109th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in New Orleans.  It took place at a number of sites around New Orleans with the flagship exhibition at the DuMois Gallery, in the emerging Freret Street Arts & Cultural District.  The exhibition ran from November 11th to December 3rd, 2010.

Transfer I

Transfer I

 

Transfer II

Transfer II

 

Transfer III

Transfer III

 

 

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