Opening Reception: Friday, 1 June 2018 at 6pm.
Exhibiting: 2 - 24 June, 2018
Curated by Becky Welter-Nolan
In these paired solo exhibitions, emerging artists Kaashif Ghanie and Nicholas Rosin exhibit new bodies of work created during a nine-month artist residency at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia. With different approaches both artists address issues affecting their daily lives, materializing their conflicts with a challenging society in vessel forms.
Adaption is Kaashif Ghanie’s latest body of ceramic vessels presenting an interpretation of the lived experience of Islamophobia. Ghanie magnifies traditional Islamic pottery forms and adapts their surfaces to embody the systemic discrimination against Muslims in Canada. Drawing on personal histories, these mutations and surface treatments contrast the themes of sacredness in Islam and the current sociopolitical climate impacting the Muslim community.
Kaashif (Kaas) Ghanie is a First-Generation Muslim Guyanese Canadian from London, ON based in Halifax, NS. His ceramic work engages viewers in the sociopolitical issues surrounding Muslim culture. After receiving a BFA from NSCAD University in 2015 he was an artist-in-residence in the Centre for Craft's airCRAFT program and summer residencies. He has exhibited his work at the Mary E. Black Gallery, the Craig Gallery, and the Anna Leonowens in Halifax, and has participated in Nocturne Art at Night and Antigonight festivals.
Intrigued by ironies in social norms and the impact of status anxiety in our modern world, Nicholas Rosin's practice reflects on society through a satirical lens. In Disposable Income, he questions our daily consumption and habits in a series of disposable vessels created in silver and brass. These anti-amulets illustrate the absurdity of our unconscious obsessions with these objects through Rosin's signature hand-engraved characters. With witty irony Rosin's language both critiques and empathizes with the subtle addictions many of us rely on to cope with the daily grind.
Nicholas (Nick) Rosin is an emerging metalsmith and engraver based in Halifax, NS. While earning his BFA in jewellery design and metalsmithing at NSCAD University (2015), Rosin studied hand-engraving abroad in Pforzheim, Germany, making it the primary focus of his work. Rosin has exhibited at the Mary E Black Gallery and Seeds Gallery in Halifax, and Ornamentum Gallery, NY. He is a current artist-in-residence, studio technician, course instructor, and gallery coordinator at the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia.