As John Patkau said, art galleries are part of the public life of a city. In a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin discusses the design of the new Polygon Gallery located at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver with John Patkau. The gallery opened to the public on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.
The article reveals that a driving factor in the design of the building is the “transparency” of the ground floor, an inviting attribute nearly unheard of in the gallery world due to the damaging effects of sunlight to art.
Click here to read the article “Patkau Architects design of new Polygon Gallery invites the public in to see art”.
Congratulations to James Nizam, whose solo exhibition Stellar Spectra is currently on display at the REITER Galerie, Berlin (November 11, 2017-January 18, 2018).
Stellar Spectra investigates starlight as a visual code that reveals as much about our present experience as the past. It is both a philosophical and technological experiment, unearthing equivalences in the makeup of the cosmos that suggest a perceptible pattern.
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German sculptor Katja Strunz has written some personal reflections on Markus Schaller’s new body of work, Space Garden. Strunz comments intuitively on the role of sculpture in the digital age, where the body and objects often “disappear.”
“In his essay Gegenkörper (counter body) philosopher Bjung Chul Han (Professor at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin) reflects on a poem by the austrian novelist Peter Handtke: the slight pressure you need to open an old iron door makes you happy. You need to lean against an old door to open it. The electric door however does not make a stand against the human body. And within digital structures, resistance, the resistance of an object, even more the object itself, gets lost…”
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James Nizam’s work is currently on display at Art Bermondsey Project space, an independent contemporary art venue in London which takes up three floors of a former 19th-century paper mill. The exhibition, Canada Now – The Tip of the Iceberg (November 1–25, 2017) brings together 12 Canadian artists whose work compels their viewers to take a prolonged look to fully understand what is presented. The project is curated by Anaïs Castro, the director of Art Mûr Germany, as the second part of a two-part exhibition Canada Now.
The brochure for the exhibition states, “Through a variety of mediums ranging from installation to video art and photography, the exhibition testifies to the complexity of a world in constant flux and aims to disavow initial preconceptions while promoting prudent attention and critical examination.”
Nizam’s work is on display with that of Canadian artists Sonny Assu, Patrick Bérubé, Simon Bilodeau, Jannick Deslauriers, Karine Giboulo, Guillaume Lachapelle, Laurent Lamarche, Cal Lane, Marie-Ève Levasseur, Nadia Myre, and Karine Payette.
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Gallery Jones is pleased to be participating in Art Toronto from October 27 – 30, 2017, and exhibiting works by several artists including Peter Aspell, Cole Morgan and Danny Singer. Please find us at booth A53.
For more information, click here for the Art Toronto website.
Gallery Jones gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Western Canadian art blog and magazine Galleries West has published a descriptive review of Sara Robichaud’s exhibition at Gallery Jones Unapologetic- Romantic Notions of a Modern Woman (Oct. 13-Nov. 18, 2017).
Click here for the article, Sara Robichaud Makes No Apologies, written by Portia Priegert.
Pierre Coupey’s solo exhibition ACROSS | BETWEEN | WITHIN (October 13 – November 4th, 2017) at the Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, has been reviewed by Dion Kliner on New York City-based art blog Two Coats of Paint.
Kliner describes Coupey’s paintings as “lush and wet, the paint’s viscous materiality so thinned that it runs down in rivulets creating a gravitational flow, making the paintings look as if they could slide right off their supports.”
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Congratulations to Brendan Tang, who has received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Craft and Design in Vancouver for 2017. The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize 25 of the “best and brightest” creative minds in the city, in a broad range of artistic disciplines from visual to culinary and literary arts. Honourees receive a cash award and are selected for:
On October 11th, 2017, Brendan Tang and the other honourees and selected emerging artists were presented their award by Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Vancouver.
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