Small Works Series presents Jordan Van Sewell showing Dreams

Jordan Van Sewell is a ceramic artist working in Winnipeg for the last 30 years since attending fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. His work is included in many prestigious collections throughout the globe. The quirky sensibility of his sculptures convey profound and alarming truths about the human condition. His other work includes community activism and a commitment to make the world “a better place.”

The title for the exhibition DREAMS started with my recollections of the years I spent before, through, and after art school working as a brakeman on the C.P.R. in the 1970s. I’d gone from making plastic model kits to riding  freight trains in a few short years. These experiences shaped my adult sensibility. The idea that the engineer was the devil was not an actual reality but rather an interesting thought on where the world was going. Fortunately we haven’t gone off the  rails…yet, and we ALL continue to dream This show describes some dreams. The characters and situations are not real…but you knew that. Happy dreams!

 

 

 

3 Birds
Ceramic
$2900.00

There were a number of titles that could work for this piece. “I must have got my wires crossed” and “Oh. When you put it that way” are but a few… The title alludes to the formal elements of composition that the eye is drawn to.

A Hot One
Ceramic
$3300.00

Drawn up by the devil himself. This “bath” series is ongoing in my work and has included many different characters from my repertoire (see ”Oil Bath” in show ). In this instance we see the devil has found himself in someone else’s bath tub as evidenced by the pearly gates outside of the window. We’re not in the underworld anymore yet there’s his faithful hound Cerberus guarding the chamber. There are attachable wings hung from a nail on the wall and skull-adorned  slippers at the ready. This is not the footwear of the cloven hoofed lord of Hades. A false devil?

Bad Boy
Ceramic
$3600.00

This could be autobiographical. However, this alleyway scene could have happened to anyone. The temptations seem real. The dog in the window witnesses the whole situation. The scenario must play through and the viewer can only hope that this lad will come out of this with body and soul intact.

Boxcars
Ceramic
$3400.00

There’s a great line from The Big Lebowski where Lebowski addresses ”the dude”—”The revolution’s over Lebowski. Your side lost.” Boxcars addresses this issue. That’s what Remembrance Day is about, right? …This is not a xenophobes’ nightmare nor a neo-nazi initiation. That all can be lost with the roll of the dice is possible and no less frightening. We could find ourselves signed up (tattooed) to a dogma we accept but can’t possibly understand. That makes this a nightmare, not a dream.

The Bus
Ceramic
$3400.00

The luckless and oblivious Goat Boy has once again found himself in the midst of a “situation”. The ”Tour Guide “ (or is he an animal control officer) is possibly in cahoots with the lewd dog to gather candidates for a ride. The vintage tour bus parked outside of competing establishments has the shadows of lost souls silhouetted in some of the windows. A transmogrification of boy to donkey is evidenced by the head sticking out the bus window—a recurring childhood nightmare after watching Disney’s Pinocchio in Izzy Asper’s family theatre in Minnedosa in 1959 with my older brothers.  The devil in the window is chagrinned that he may have missed an opportunity to claim Goat Boy as his peon. It seems there’s many factions of evil competing in this world.

Dona Rojo
Ceramic
$2900.00

Not the merry widow of Mexican lore but rather a stylish red dress wore with confidence and conviction.

Downtown
Ceramic Tile (Edition of 30)
$300.00 each

A lone and speeding car cuts through the night air on an unknown mission. The old and historic buildings stand witness.

Early Arrival
Ceramic
$2600.00

Frida & Ayn
Ceramic
**SOLD**

The objectivist and the communist put their differences aside as they embark on a big city shoe shopping extravaganza.

I Was the Brakeman on the Devil’s Steam Train
Ceramic
$3800.00

The Kiss
Ceramic
$2900.00

This piece is derivative of a painting that I own by Monsieur “Z”. It addresses those trans-species communications that do occur in our world. This one takes it in another, peculiar direction. There is an innocence that should be acknowledged.

Maternal Confusion
Ceramic
$3000.00

Oil Bath
Ceramic
$3300.00

Most vehicles used to have an oil bath air cleaner above the carburetor (when cars carbureted). This play on words sees a robot bathing. Its emoluments are oil cans of 10/30. The human qualities of grooming have made it into the machine age. The serenity and relaxation that may come with bathing are (unfortunately) lost on this emerging segment of the modern world. It’s all about catching the play.

The Poet
Ceramic
$3200.00

Still uncertain of his direction and place in the world, the hapless Goat Boy has joined forces with a chicken to help facilitate the writing of some poetry.  Someone help us! Goat Boy will find inspiration in the words to be drawn from thin air around the tree; the tree of knowledge? Come on! There’s a chicken living in it. Is this some wizened relative of Rusty? Or is it Rusty in retirement? Again, the dream is not clear.

The Raft
Ceramic
**SOLD**

Who could forget “The Raft Of The Medusa” and the terrible tale that it told. This raft is a little different. It looks less like an episode in survival than a curious afternoon outing complete with a fish. The fish can jump back into that angry sea at any time it wishes. What drives that choice and its inevitability is being worked out. What Mr. Sensitive and the dog do then is uncertain.

Raven & Snake
Ceramic
$1800.00

Your Apartment on Preston
Ceramic
$2900.00

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