David Kaye Gallery » Richard Milette

Three guys and a fire in the kiln
May 28 - July 6, 2014
Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, Richard Milette

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GALLERY

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ARTWORKS

Richard Milette, Hydria 13-6195 with Study for First Illuminated Nude, 1990 (MCMXC), ceramic & plaster, 15 3/4 X 16 3/8 X 12 1/4 in.; 40.1 X 41.6 X 31.2 cm.Richard Milette, HELL, 2014, ceramic, 18 3/4 X 8 dia. in.; 47.5 X 20.5 dia. cm., SOLD.Richard Milette, INCESTE, 1996, ceramic, 16 1/8 X 16 X 12 in.; 40.9 X 40.6 X 30.5 cm.Richard Milette, Hic Habitat Felicitas (Here Dwells Happiness), 1997, ceramic, 10 X 7 X 5 1/2 in.; 25.5 X 18 X 14 cm.Richard Milette, Raffaello, 2000, ceramic, 9 1/4 X 10 1/8 X 4 1/8 in.; 23.5 X 25.8 X 10.3 cm.Richard Milette, Raffaello (detail), 2000, ceramic, 9 1/4 X 10 1/8 X 4 1/8 in.; 23.5 X 25.8 X 10.3 cm.Richard Milette, Stéphane et Éric (Stéphane and Éric), 2014, ceramic, 17 X 27.7 X 11 cm.Richard Milette, Stéphane et Éric (Stéphane and Éric), 2014, ceramic, 17 X 27.7 X 11 cm.Richard Milette, Christian et Pierre-Luc (Christian and Pierre-Luc), 2014, ceramic, 16 X 22.4 X 14.4 cm.Richard Milette, Christian et Pierre-Luc (Christian and Pierre-Luc), 2014, ceramic, 16 X 22.4 X 14.4 cm.Richard Milette, François, 2014, ceramic, 14 X 19.2 X 13 cm.Richard Milette, François, 2014, ceramic, 14 X 19.2 X 13 cm.Richard Milette, Simon et Mathieu (Simon and Mathieu), 2014, ceramic, 14 X 27.7 X 12.2 cm.Richard Milette, Simon et Mathieu (Simon and Mathieu), 2014, ceramic, 14 X 27.7 X 12.2 cm.

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Camp Fires:
The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette

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Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette explores the concept of “Camp” as manifested in the works of three important francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette. “Camp” has been identified as a concept, an aesthetic sensibility, and a form of oppositional critique central to gay and lesbian culture. Camp has been variously understood to include elements of irony, exaggeration, excess, humour, sentimentality, theatricality, artifice, parody and devotion; as a disputed field of appropriation and counter-appropriation and of alternative signifying codes.

Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette have made “Camp” and gay male culture a central part of their respective artistic practice for more than three decades. Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has helped drive them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history and contemporary culture.

The exhibition presents a survey of the artists’ oeuvre spanning their careers, and will address three sub-themes essential to understanding their work: Subversive Historicism; Clay as Concept; and Queer Identity and Sexuality.  Camp Fires deploys the concept of “Camp”, not as a fixed attribute of specific objects, but as an inherently political Queer signifying practice, strongly associated with performative identity and with subversive appropriation. Its particular relationship with the Baroque and with Queer oppositional adaptation of aristocratic modes of presentation and perception will be explored in the main curatorial essay.

There is a catalogue in French and English and video interviews with the artists in English with French surtitles for presentation in the exhibition gallery and on the museum or gallery website.  Labels and didactic panels will be produced in French and English. Curated by Robin Metcalfe, the Director/Curator of St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This exhibition has travelled to St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 18 - November 30, 2014, then to the Musée McCord, Montréal, Quebéc from March 19 - August 16, 2015 and finally to the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington from November 6, 2015 - February 14, 2016.

GALLERY

Richard Milette, Sacrifice, 1996, ceramic, 40.3 X 41.3 X 30.5 cm.Richard Milette, Jealousy, 1997, ceramic, 38.9 X 40 X 30.5 cm.Richard Milette, Hydria 13-4165 with Hate, 1994, ceramic and plaster, 40.5 X 41.3 X 30.7 cm.Richard Milette, Hydria 13-6189 with Homo, 1994, ceramic and plaster, 40.3 X 39.4 X 31.7 cm.Richard Milette, Hydria 13-2952 with Pédé, 1994, ceramic and plaster, 39.9 X 40.7 X 30.9 cm.Richard Milette, Hydria 13-2719 with Scum, 1994, ceramic and plaster, 40.6 X 39.5 X 31.5 cm.Richard Milette, Lekythos 12-9683, 1987, ceramic and plaster, 38.4 X 13 X 13.2 cm.Richard Milette, Lekythos 12-9683, 1987, ceramic and plaster, 38.4 X 13 X 13.2 cm.Richard Milette, Lekythos 11-5281, 1986, ceramic and plaster, 38.3 X 13.2 X 13.2 cm., collection of Léopold L. FoulemRichard Milette, Lekythos 11-5281, 1986, ceramic and plaster, 38.3 X 13.2 X 13.2 cm., collection of Léopold L. FoulemRichard Milette, Vase “à colonne” with Base, 1993-1995, ceramic, 19.5 X 30.5 X 16.7 cm.Richard Milette, Garniture with Vase “à bâtons rompus” and Two Vases “à boulons” with Leather Garlands, 1993, ceramic, 47 X 78.5 X 22.5 cm.Richard Milette, Vase “sirènes” with Bananas, 1993, ceramic, 44.3 X 29 X 17.5 cm., SOLD.Richard Milette, Cup on Fruits, 1998, ceramic, 17.5 X 17.3 X 12 cm.Richard Milette, Teapot for Queen X, 1989, ceramic, 15.8 X 32.1 X 17 cm., SOLD, Collection of the Gardiner Museum.Richard Milette, Ioudas, 1986, ceramic, 12.8 X 13.4 X 12.6 cm.Richard Milette, Guasparre, 2000, ceramic, 23.5 X 25.8 X 10.3 cm.

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Hydria 13-6195 with Study for First Illuminated Nude, 1990, ceramic and plaster, 15 3/4 X 16 3/8 X 12 1/4 in.; 40.1 X 41.6 X 31.2 cm.