Gareth Mason // Moon Jar
On View at Korean Cultural Centre UK June 18-August 17
MSG artist Gareth Mason is a featured artist in ‘Moon Jar: Contemporary Translations in Britain’ opening June 18-August 17 at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. The exhibition marks 130 years of cultural relations between Korea and the UK and “celebrates the vital (and largely unsung) harpstrings of inspiration that connect historic cultural artifacts to contemporary artistic practice.” ‘Moon Jar’ features the work of four artists based in the UK (Mason included) and one artist from Korea, all of whose work has in some way been informed by the iconic Korean ceramic vessel, the Full Moon Jar. The above invitation depicts the Full Moon Jar that once belonged to Bernard Leach, now a treasure of the British Museum’s Korean Collection. The museum has loaned this piece to the exhibition. “It will be a significant event for me to exhibit alongside a work the like of which has lived large in my poetic imagination for many years,” said Mason.
Also, Mason’s essay about Leach’s Full Moon Jar, written to accompany this exhibition, has been published as an article in the current issue of Ceramics Monthly.