JEFF DEPNER & RICHARD STORMS: UNFOLD, REBUILD
Opening reception: Saturday, May 28, 2-4pm.
Exhibition dates: May 28-June 25, 2016.
The paintings in this exhibition by Richard Storms and Jeff Depner reflect the built environment, expose the structure of a well articulated painting and wallow in the tactile nature of something hand-made. The thick, kneaded surface of Depner’s smaller paintings stands in contrast and compliment to the staccato rhythms of Storms’ crisp canvases. Both artists are concerned with breaking something down and building it up, with an aesthetic wholeness reached at some point between abstraction and function; Depner’s paintings tease at a useable geometry while Storms’ hint to a place and a familiar point of view.
Richard Storms lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from York University and has work in numerous private and public collections across the country, including The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Musée d’Arte Contemporain in Montreal, the University of Toronto and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Jeff Depner lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. Depner is also represented in New York City and Cologne, Germany, and has exhibited internationally at Scope Basel and New York, among other venues.
Richard Storms, “Financial District”, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 60″ x 84″.
Jeff Depner, “Echo”, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 22″ x 14.5″.
Opening reception: Saturday, April 30, 2-4pm.
Exhibition dates: April 30 – May 21, 2016.
Orphismic is a nw series of works combining multi-layered, sprayed acrylic with thick layers of impasto oil paint. The titled of the show refers to a style coined by Guillaume Apollinaire to describe works which immerse the viewer in pure aesthetic pleasure while retaining a sense of structure and sublime meaning; however, this is where the relationship ends.
While Orphism defined images created entirely from the artist’s consciousness, the forms in Vergette’s paintings are culled from vintage T-shirt graphics. The graphics have been partially recreated, but the original meaning has been lost and the viewer is left with the minimal form as a waymarker.
Life’s Too Short Not To Be In Love, 2016
Oil and acrylic on canvas over panel
72″ x 48″
Gallery Jones is pleased to present the first Canadian exhibition of work by Erin O’Keefe, who is based in New York City and New Brunswick, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Master’s of Architecture from Columbia University.
I am a photographer and an architect, and my work is informed by both of these disciplines. My background in architecture is the underpinning for my art practice, providing my first sustained exposure to the issues and questions that I contend with in my photographs. The questions that I ask through my work are about the nature of spatial perception, and the tools that I use are rooted in the abstract, formal language of making that I developed as an architect. As a photographer, I am interested in the layer of distortion and misapprehension introduced by the camera as it translates three dimensional form and space into two dimensional image. This inevitable and often fruitful misalignment is the central issue in my work.
O’Keefe’s constructions, built from mundane objects such as painted plywood and tinted Plexiglas, are made to be photographed. While there is implicitly a deconstruction of photography going on in these works that play at being paintings or even architectural definitions of space, what seems of paramount importance to the artist is the image; its qualities, textures and compositions.
Opening reception: Saturday, March 5, 2 – 4pm
Exhibition continues until March 30th.
Jonathan Forrest is a Canadian painter who splits his time between Vancouver Island and a small town in Saskatchewan, where he has a studio in a renovated church. He completed his Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and has maintained a studio practice for several decades. His work is in the collections of numerous significant Canadian collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Glenbow Museum, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Bank of Montreal Collection.
From his artist statement:
My work is a combination of intuitive responses to the world around me, an ongoing dialogue with contemporary and historical painting, and an enthusiastic immersion in the material process of making objects. My natural openness and curiosity has kept me alert to a range of potential approaches to art-making and my creative process is positive – I’m interested in creating something new, something generous and giving, and something that sustains me in the studio.
Brad Howe is an American artist who lives and works in Malibu, California. Howe studied International Relations at Standford University and became inspired to be an artist while visiting the University of Săo Paolo where he intended to specialize in Brazilian affairs. Howe has created several large scale, kinetic public sculptures, including at the Georgia International Convention Centre near Atlanta and at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has exhibited in more than 20 countries around the world, is collected by numerous public and private institutions and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest and Harper’s Bazaar.
Opening reception: Saturday, January 30, 2 – 4pm
Exhibition continues until February 27th.
An exhibition in celebration of Otto Rogers’ 80th year and his influence on contemporary abstract painting into the 21st century. Born in rural Saskatchewan in 1935 and now living in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Rogers has been exhibiting actively since the 1950s. Central to his practice is the notion that art can present “motion and stillness simultaneously” and that opposing elements of a painting need to be worked into “an order that will sustain them as a whole and pure thing”. He has kept in motion the idea that making art can be a spiritual endeavour and the results sublime.
Image: “Four Seasons in a Landscape”, mixed media on panel, 36″ diameter.
“Ross Penhall’s Vancouver, Surrounding Areas and Places That Inspire”, published by Random House, is now available at the gallery and online.
A collection of 120 paintings by renowned artist Ross Penhall that celebrates the identity and spirit of Vancouver. Also included are paintings of inspirational places across Canada, the US and Europe, including the California Coast, the Prairies and the Italian countryside.
Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer is currently on view at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, USA, until May 22, 2016.
From the press release:
Singer questions that notion of emptiness by revealing subtle, living landscapes of quirky buildings and ordinary people going about their business. Every funny sign, open door, and child on a bicycle has unique significance in the life of the town. Against those backdrops of weather and space, Singer weaves gentle stories about small-town life and the meaning of home.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), in Melbourne, Australia, recently acquired four works by Canadian artist Danny Singer. NGV is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Founded in 1861, the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. The Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.
The November 2015 edition of Vanity Fair’s On Art features Lu Xinjian. Congratulations also to Xinjian for his inclusion in the list of 10 contemporary Chinese artists to watch from Christie’s, full list here.