Ted Basciano (Solo Exhibition)
September 10, 2015 - October 3, 2015
: September 10, 2015, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Mosaics by Ted Basciano
"It's time to celebrate the completion of another body of mosaic sculptures; my third body created in South Korea. Seventeen works were executed slowly between 2009 and 2011 while I was living in Naju. It was quite a challenge for me to divide my energy between teaching conversational English and making art. A few of the works have been exhibited at middle school festivals but none of them were displayed in a gallery setting. The works were all mailed home in 2011 and have sat in boxes until I arrived home a few moths ago.
"For years, I have seen pottery shards all over the streets of Korea. I didn't feel inspired to gather these pieces until I moved to Naju. One day I visited the Hwanggyo Confucianism School with a group of foreign teachers. A huge, beautiful gingko tree greeted us as we walked toward the entrance. I was amazed that the tree is over 600 years old. As we toured the school grounds, I saw bits of pottery in the soil. I started to gather them. Most of the pieces look
dull but they have wonderful, cracked glazes and intricate patterns. My mind connected the age of the gingko tree with these shards, thinking 'maybe these are 600 years old too'.
"My one-of-a-kind mosaic wall sculptures are constructed with beautiful materials that are both old and new, natural and man-made. I may be the only mosaic artist in Canada who uses acrylic paint to set my materials in place. The paint has been given extra special treatment because it has been sculpted and manipulated. About 99% of the materials I use are found, not purchased. The beach materials, stones, and shells, have soft colours which look different than the tesserae, stone or glass pieces, that most mosaic artists use. My works explore a great range of subject matter and sculptural forms".
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