A rare opportunity for art lovers at the Cowra Regional Gallery

Artist Gerry Wedd at work in his gallery. Photo: Andrew Cowen.

Artist Gerry Wedd at work in his gallery. Photo: Andrew Cowen.

A new exhibition opening at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, October 13 from 2pm will provide Cowra and Central West art lovers with a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the works of one of Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft practitioners.

The JamFactory Icon exhibition Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man will showcase artist Gerry Wedd’s hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics that brim with a dry wit and shifts from the humorous to darkly disturbing.

From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his mother’s hobby obsession, through to formal training at the University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at the JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

“Whether willow pattern submerged in political jibes, classic urns decorated with lyrical portraits, or garniture figurines poised in confrontational narratives, Gerry Wedd’s work is truly ‘a day at the beach – with a smash of home-baked reality pie in your face for good measure’,” JamFactory and exhibition curator Margaret Hancock-Davis said.

In the late 1980s as a young surfer and artist, Wedd came to the attention of Mambo Graphics, the iconoclastic surf-wear company. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of surfing culture, and his ‘scratch board’ style of drawing, Wedd found a spiritual home in Mambo - and helped build the developing Mambo ethic.

Working for Mambo until 2006, Wedd designed and created designs for ceramics, textile posters, clothing, metalwork and surfboards. He became an archetypal piece of the iconic Australian surfing label, Mambo.

Gerry Wedd will be at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery for the exhibition opening on Saturday 13 October and will present a floor talk at 2pm. The exhibition will be officially opened at 2.30pm by Grace Cochrane, AM, Independent curator, writer and consultant.

The exhibition will run from October 14 to November 18, 2018.

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