Samara Contemporary announces
Delicious Embrace, an exhibition of works by Kris Aaron and Andy Walker of Pansy Ass Ceramics.


Exhibition Dates: June 20 - July 26 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday June 20 12-7 pm (by appointment)
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To book an appointment to view the exhibition, email info@samaracontemporary.com

Samara Contemporary is pleased to announce Delicious Embrace, an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Kris Aaron and Andy Walker of Pansy Ass Ceramics. Their cheeky sculptures present contemporary situations through traditional mediums, juxtaposing kitsch ceramics with naughty references and slang. Using the delicate and innocent associations of pastel colours and porcelain, Kris and Andy subvert expectations in playful depictions of queer sexuality.

Pansy Ass Ceramics explores gay male identity and culture through the medium of porcelain and the act of ornamentation, the sculptures are predominantly slip-cast porcelain, combined with hand built elements. Kris and Andy describe ceramics as “an exciting medium to explore sexuality. The material itself is very sensual, you have to get it wet and touch it just the right spot to get it to react the way you want it to. It goes through a prolonged series of intense heating up and cooling down sessions to reach its final form. Historically it plays an important role in the camp aesthetic, decorative arts and domestic identity. For Delicious Embrace we have put together a collection of works that reflect how we play with these histories and penetrate them with gay male sexuality and desire. We try to take elements from kitsch and rococo ceramic style and apply them to explicit forms of gay male sexuality and culture.”

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To book an appointment to view the exhibition, email info@samaracontemporary.com






“While preparing for this show we saw the series of injustices take place leading to the global call to recognize that black lives matter. We wanted to use the platform of this exhibition to show our support and help raise funds for Toronto-based organizations that support the black queer and artist communities. Gay liberation is intimately related to the civil rights movement and QTBIPOC played an integral part in the early part of the movement and we owe our current freedoms and acceptance to them. As Marsha P. Johnson said “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us”. We see you and we stand with you. All Black Lives Matter.” - Kris Aaron and Andy Walker

Pansy Ass and Samara will be raffling off four artworks during the exhibition to raise funds for Toronto-based organizations that support black queer and artist communities: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP),  Black Queer Youth (BQY) through SOY at Sherbourne Health and Nia Centre for the Arts The winning names will be announced on Monday July 27th. To purchase your raffle tickets click here!

  



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