David Ray: Master Slave Dialectic opened on Friday night with an engaging artist's talk, when David Ray explained how his relationship with clay is represented in the clay dogs that populate his installation. He also spoke about the tradition of dogs in European ceramics and how he has appropriated it for today.
David Ray's exhibition was opened by the writer and curator David Hansen, who contributed his characteristic eloquence to the occasion. Here he is on the right with the artist's father, a maths teacher.
Gallery 3 is an open bench situation where visitors are given instructions for the production of their own clay dogs. Here is the first dog producer, quickly followed by other visitors. By then end of the day, 30 dogs had already been produced, each with their own unique lexicon of dog poses.