Tollermania, a ceramics and film project by Natalia Laluq
By Karen Lang
Natalia Laluq is a visual and ceramic artist, presently living in Toronto. Born and educated in the Ukraine, she studied at the Kier Polytechnical University graphic design, visual arts and also began work studies as a ceramist. She emigrated to Canada in 2003, where she has been living and working as a painter and ceramicist.Art Tollermania A ceramics and film project by Natalia Laluq Fri, Mar 28, 6-9pm Introduction of Natalia Laluq by Toller Sat, Mar 29, 1-5pm Toller Cranston Studio Sollano 84
It was on a visit to San Miguel three years ago that Natalia first met Toller Cranston, a painter and avid collector of Mexican ceramics. She was fascinated by his story as an artist and as a world figure skating champion. She envisioned a show whereby she would capture the essence of him in his surroundings, and somehow combine this with his artistic performance as an Olympic skater.
Natalia began by researching his skating performances, watching numerous video recordings. Struck by the unique artistry of his movements, she realized that his figure skating performance was a collection of artistic movements and “moments” that transformed the physical skill of skating into an art form.
By converting a YouTube video of his 1976 Olympic performance into “stills,” these movements could be broken down into a split second of time…every one significant in that they documented a “moment of art.”
With the images from these stills, she then created approximately 500 porcelain ceramic oval plates (hand-made and hand-painted), portraying a split second of movement of Toller’s performance. The plates have been photographed and sequenced in the same order as the actual performance. A stop-motion video was then created that becomes a replica of his 1976 performance, complete with commentary by ABC’s Dick Button and Chris Schenkel.
The art project is made up of two components a dramatic wall of ceramic plates which gives visualization to the scope of the project, and a video, that brings his 1976 Olympic performance to life once again.
“By creating a film that animates the series of plates, I draw his movement through time and space into three-dimensional objects, and finally into a moving image, a hybrid of his art and mine.”
This project is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Studio Five.