Camp Fires: Subversive Queer Concepts in Clay

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on July 21 2014 4:00 AM ET

Camp Fires, at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, reveals the concept of "camp" in the work of three important Francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette. Camp Fires is an often sensual encounter of these artists' powerful body of work, one that addresses subversive ideas about queer identity through clay.
Below, curator Robin Metcalf on the exhibit:

The exhibit is ongoing through September 1.
Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

Léopold L. Foulem, So Many Men
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Léopold L. Foulem, Priest in Black Cassock with Boy on Mount, 2012


Léopold L. Foulem, Pair of Male Couples


Léopold L. Foulem, Juicy Banana, 1976
Léopold L. Foulem, Urinoir, 1992


Léopold L. Foulem, Urn Funereal


Richard Milette, Cup on Fruits, 1998
Richard Milette, Teapot for a Queen X, 1989


Richard Milette,  Guasparre, 2000


Léopold L. Foulem, Bicycle Seat Blue and Yellow, 1977
Paul Mathieu, Crucifixion Bowl, 1984


Paul Mathieu, Camouflage series (E.M.), 2005


Paul Mathieu, Camouflage series (G.L.), 2005
Paul Mathieu,  Kiss Vase 1-6, 2013


Paul Mathieu, Kiss Vase 1-6, 2013
Paul Mathieu, Kiss Vase, 2013


Nested Eggs