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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Ceasar (sic) Salad
Maker: Jerry Didur
Year: 1970
Country: Canadian
Materials: ceramic
Measurements: diameter: 3ocm
ID Number: PC98.6
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: The title and subject matter of this work references both Julius Caesar and Ceasar salad – in a playful and lighthearted way. The exterior treatment of the piece is similar to the Red-Figure technique – a style of figural Greek vase painting prominently used between the beginning of the sixth and end of the fourth centuries B.C. Traditionally this technique was achieved by dipping a ceramic vase into black slip – and then carving it away to expose the red clay beneath. This piece also demonstrates some of Jerry Didur’s influences from the funk art movement of the 1960 and 70’s. Largely located in Northern California, funk art was an anti-establishment movement that reacted against the nonobjectivity of other prominent art movements of the time such as abstract expressionism. Funk art brought figuration back as a subject matter and can be seen in many ceramic works from this time. Funk Art ceramics often feature absurd styles and images to relay the message that people should not take art or themselves too seriously. Originally from Saskatoon, Jerry Didur studied ceramics at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He later moved to Regina and began expanding his practice to include painting and printmaking. Across these mediums, Didur uses rich colour and demonstrates an incredible attention to detail. His themes and imagery often arise from an interest in exotic and unknown places.