A CBC New Brunswick Book List Selection
"I start with an original object, break it, and transform parts of the piece into other materials. These pieces gather meaning and explanation as I work with them."
Peter Powning is simultaneously referred to as a sculptor and a ceramist, but his art does not fit easy categorization, incorporating and combining elements from one medium into another. His work challenges the viewer to reconsider the object, its form, and its function. This inventiveness has resulted in numerous exhibitions, awards, and commissions for public art sculptures throughout Canada.
Featuring 175 full-colour images of Powning’s work along with essays by curators and critics, Peter Powning celebrates the career of one of Canada’s finest visual artists and accompanies a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
About the author
Architect and art historian John Leroux takes a holistic view of his profession, seeing beyond buildings themselves into the cultural, intellectual and physical landscapes to which they contribute. Born in Fredericton, Leroux graduated from the McGill School of Architecture in 1994 and completed a Masters degree in Canadian Art History at Concordia University in 2002. He has worked at several award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, Atlanta and Fredericton, and also teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and St. Thomas University. He has won many awards for architectural and public art projects throughout Canada, and has pursued various creative disciplines such as set design for Theatre New Brunswick. A contributing architecture columnist for the Telegraph-Journal and Canadian Architect magazine, he is also the author of three books on New Brunswick architecture: A Fredericton Alphabet, Building Capital: A Guide to Fredericton’s Historic Landmarks, and Building New Brunswick: an architectural history.
"A pleasure to read, and the perfect coffee table book to showcase inventive New Brunswick art."
"The book is much more than a usual exhibition catalogue: its bilingual text and images of the work, most photographed by Powning himself, offer a rare, intimate glimpse into a life devoted to the pursuit of a multi-disciplined practice."
Other titles by John Leroux
A Natural Balance
The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University
Bibliography of New Brunswick Architecture
Ian MacEachern's Photographs of Saint John
A Vision in Wood and Stone
The Architecture of Mount Allison University
Restoring the Lost Fred Ross Mural
Glorious Light: The Stained Glass of Fredericton
Building a University
The Architecture of UNB