MICHAEL NICOLL YAHGULANAAS EXHIBITED IN ONTARIO, 09.19
Peel Art Gallery and Museum in Brampton, Ontario, is currently exhibiting a graphic novel by Yahgulanaas as part of For a Social Cause (until October 13). The show brings together three disparate graphic novels by Canadian artists to explore how this genre has been used to raise awareness about the human condition.
Yahgulanaas’ novel RED (2009) is “a tale about an obsessive warrior-leader scared and driven by vengeance after the kidnapping of his sister Jaada. Unable to forgive or forget, he goes on a violent quest in hopes of reuniting with a lost loved one and punishing the offender. His actions exact a heavy price on himself and others.”
FIONA ACKERMAN ON EXHIBIT IN BERLIN, 08.19
Fiona Ackerman is currently on exhibit in Berlin, Germany at Galerie Kremers as part of their Summer Show exhibition.
JAMES NIZAM EXHIBITED IN QUEBEC CITY, 08.19
Photographic work by James Nizam is currently on display as part of LUMINA, a group exhibition of seven artists who work with light at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Quebec City, August 16 - 25, 2019.
From the press release: “LUMINA is a tribute to light, honoured not for what it enables us to do, but for what it is: a form of energy made up both of corpuscles – which give it the status of a substance or body – and waves, through which it is propagated.”
NEW HANS SCHÜLE CATALOGUE RELEASED, 08.19
Following a noteworthy exhibition at the Hohentwiel Kunstmuseum in Singen, Germany, a 60-page catalogue has been published on the work of Hans Schüle. The book includes images of the exhibition and an essay written for the occasion by Christoph Bauer.
BRENDAN TANG COLLECTED BY MONTREAL MUSEUM OF ART, 07.19
We are excited to announce the addition of Brendan Lee Satish Tang's sculpture, Manga Ormolu Study #7 into the collection of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.
MARKUS SCHALLER EXHIBITED IN SALZBURG, 06.19
Congratulations to Markus Schaller, who is currently on exhibit in Salzburg, Austria as part of a group exhibition at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicksa. The exhibition, FeldPhantom is curated by artist Katja Strunz, and open May 22- June 19, 2019.
BRENDAN TANG REVIEWED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, 05.19
Robin Laurence writes of Tang’s most recent Manga Ormolu works:
“Tang’s work also speaks to the ways in which technology is increasingly wed to the human body—and vice versa. This is evident in the way he treats the surfaces of the vessels as if they were skin, folded and wrinkled around protruding or extruding robotic components.”
BIRTHE PIONTEK FEATURED IN SAD MAGAZINE, 05.19
Birthe Piontek has been selected as SAD magazine’s featured artist in May. In a Q&A with Samar Sidhu, she discusses how her German upbringing has infuenced her art, the focus on femininity, identity and relationships, and upcoming projects.
“The longing for a place where things feel complete and resolved might be one of the drivers for my work.”- Birthe Piontek
YEHOUDA CHAKI FEATURED IN HOME IN CANADA, 04.19
In honour of his 80th year, Chaki is featured in an eight-page spread article (fully available online) in the Spring issue of Home In Canada magazine that illustrates his life and work.
“Chaki is renowned not only for his large, colourful still lifes, full of energy and generous use of impasto, but also his many installations throughout the years across Canada. He’s widely recognized as one of this country’s most important painters.” - Written by Sharon Azrieli
THE PASSING OF OTTO ROGERS, 04.19
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Otto Donald Rogers (19 November, 1935 - 28 April, 2019.) Otto was a teacher, mentor and friend to us and he will be greatly missed.
Otto's lifelong search for the transcendent experience that art can bring is eloquently summarized in his most recent statement about his work:
Even such a small brush with this unknown world is enough to intoxicate the artist's soul and urge the continuous pursuit of this elusive goal! Such has been my journey through all these years--simply driven to drink from that cup just once more and in the process inspire others to drink, to be uplifted, to experience in a painting something beyond the prison of self and the acceptance of the ordinary as our lot in life.
JAMES NIZAM FEATURED IN HARPER MAGAZINE, 06.19
Following his solo exhibition at Gallery Jones in April 2019, James Nizam is featured in the June 2019 issue of Harper magazine. The New-York based magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts is the oldest general interest monthly magazine in the United States.
PIERRE COUPEY AT SEYMOUR ART GALLERY, 04.19
A solo exhibition featuring Pierre Coupey is on exhibition at Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. Manifest | Trace (March 2 - April 13, 2019) presents work in a variety of media that foregrounds the importance of language on shaping our world.
In the accompanying video Coupey shares about his moment of inspiration for the show and other influences that led to the project.
GALLERY JONES AT ART ON PAPER, 03.19
Gallery Jones is excited to announce our participation in Art on Paper, taking place from March 7-10, 2019 at at PIER 36, New York. We will be presenting ceramic artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang in a solo exhibition. If you are in the area, we would love to see you at booth 805.
For tickets contact Shane: firstname.lastname@example.org
PIERRE COUPEY AT GORDON SMITH GALLERY, 09.18
Artwork by Pierre Coupey is currently on display as part of Transformations (September 28, 2018 – April 12, 2019) at Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver. The group exhibition, curated by Daylen Luschinger, is made up of selected works from the Artists For Kids Collection.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH LINDA MARTINELLO, 06.18
For her solo exhibition at Nicolas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Linda Martinello spoke in an interview to her recent work including her influences, her studio process, and her Italian background. “Connecting the personal with the public is my way of playing with history and its paradoxes. The landscapes that I construct read as archives of fragments, and this is the central theme of my work.”- Linda Martinello
FIONA ACKERMAN IN GALLERIES WEST, 09.18
In the article “Paper Gardens”, Paul Gessel of Galleries West discusses Fiona Ackerman’s Glasslands series, now on display at Gallery Jones as part of our Summer Breaks show. To the writer, Ackerman’s unique style brings to mind a piece of Canadian history, The Tangled Garden (1916)– an iconic work by the Group of Seven’s J.E.H. MacDonald.
LINDA MARTINELLO INTERVIEWED IN ROAM MAGAZINE, 06.18
Linda Martinello was featured on ROAM magazine in June, 2018 in regards to “Matera”, a body of work that she developed while spending time in the Italian city in 2016. Martinello reflects, “Upon arrival in Matera and at first sight, I was immediately taken back by the city’s extraordinary haunting beauty.”
BRENDAN TANG EXHIBITED IN ITALIAN CERAMICS MUSEUM, 07.18
Brendan Tang has been chosen to participate in Ceramics Now at the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (MIC) in Italy, as the only artist representing Canada. The museum celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Faenza Prize, recognizing excellence in ceramic art. This year 17 curators have chosen 53 artists from around the world to be included in the exhibition, June 30- October 7, 2018.
NIZAM AND TANG FEATURED IN PORTLAND, OR, 07.18
An upcoming exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR, Diverse Voices (July 19- September 1) will be highlighting seven Vancouver artists whose process-oriented work shows technical experimentation and innovation, curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo. Among the seven artists chosen are James Nizam and Brendan Tang.
TANG AND NEUFELD EXHIBITED AT MNBAQ, 07.18
Works by two of our represented artists, Brendan Tang and Clint Neufeld are currently on display as part of a large exhibition Fait Main/Hand Made at the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec, QC (June 14-September 3, 2018). More than 40 Canadian artists are included in this exhibition which acts as a sweeping overview of contemporary output in Canada.
BIRTHE PIONTEK AWARDED THE BURTYNSKY GRANT, 06.18
Congratulations to Birthe Piontek, who has received the 2018 Burtynsky Grant of $5,000 for her book project “Abendlied.” The jury considered many innovative and compelling book projects from across Canada.
“Birthe Piontek’s ‘Abendlied’ examines how individual relationships in a family are shaped by the processes of growing up, aging, and eventually letting go. Piontek’s well-resolved book project sequences images of her family members interacting with textiles, household objects, and each other to weave a cohesive yet curious narrative about identity and belonging.” – The Jury
PAUL MORSTAD INTERVIEWED BY SCOUT MAGAZINE, 06.18
In the lead up to shows in Montréal and Vancouver, SCOUT Magazine interviews Paul Morstad on his work and life as an artist in “A Guided Tour Through the Alternate Universe of Local Artist Paul Morstad,” written by Thalia Stopa.
PIERRE COUPEY INDUCTED INTO THE RCA, 05.18
Congratulations to Pierre Coupey on his induction to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, taking place this weekend in Ottawa. Since 1880, the RCA has recognized and celebrated the achievements of Canadian visual artists and designers.
JAMES NIZAM EXHIBITED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 05.18
James Nizam’s work is included in an exhibition at the Justina Barnicke Gallery at the Art Museum of the University of Toronto until May 26, 2018. The Weight of Light is an exhibition curated by Darryn Doull and features Nizam’s sculpture “Vanishing Point” as well as photographic work from the Vancouver-based artist.
The exhibition, curated by Darynn Doull, explores the human fascination with light. The press release states: “Our capacity to control light makes it an ideal medium to unlock some of the mysteries of our material world while opening vast new chambers of secrets and virtual geometries.”
BRENDAN TANG AT THE YUKON ARTS CENTRE, 03.18
Brendan Tang’s joint exhibition with Sonny Assu, “Ready Player Two,” is on display at the Yukon Arts Centre March 8 – May 26, 2018, along with work by Whitehorse-based artist Mark Preston. “Ready Player Two” combines elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.
TONI HAFKENSCHEID FILM SCREENS IN WINNIPEG, 04.18
The Architecture + Design Film Festival this weekend, April 18 – 22, 2018 in Winnipeg, will be showing a documentary film by artist Toni Hafkenscheid. The work, called Relics of the Future, presents the world as Hafkenscheid saw it as a boy, filled with hidden stories behind iconic architectural achievements. His interests in futuristic architecture, such as Marina City in Chicago, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Habitat ‘67 in Montreal, take the viewer on a journey into the Relics of the Future.
BRENDAN TANG FEATURED IN CANADIAN PODCAST SERIES, 03.18
In January, Brendan Tang was interviewed by Claire Scherzinger for her podcast Overly Dedicated, a series featuring artists in Canada. In their 45-minute conversation, Scherzinger and Tang cover everything from Tang’s practice with ceramics to his interests in boardgames and science fiction.
ALEX MCLEOD PROJECTION ANIMATION OPENS IN SURREY, 01.18
New work by Alex McLeod has been commissioned for UrbanScreen, the offsite programming venue of Surrey Art Gallery. A lens-based animation called PHANTASMAGORIA will be projected onto the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey starting on January 25, 2018 and continuing until April 29, 2018. The projection animation by Alex McLeod runs from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight, and is visible from the SkyTrain between Gateway and Surrey Central stations.
FEI DISBROW FEATURED IN SAD MAGAZINE, 01.18
Fei Disbrow is featured in SAD Magazine in an article that compares and contrasts her work to artist Jem Finer. Written by Sunshine Frère, “Speculators of the Final Frontier” contemplates the two artists’ approaches to time and space.
BRENDAN TANG EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE BAF, 01.18
On January 11th, Brendan Lee Satish Tang opened a new exhibition titled meatspace at the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) Gallery in Vancouver following his residency as the Winter 2017 Resident Artist. The exhibition will be open from January 11 – March 10, 2018.
According to the BAF Insider blog, Tang took advantage of the residency to continue his work in “re-situating motifs from the decorative arts into new contexts”. His initial inspiration was the curvilinear cloud motif found in Chinese ceramics and scroll paintings, reminiscent of the French Nouveau style.
CUT / DRAWN REVIEWED IN THE VANCOUVER SUN, 12.17
“They make me think of carapaces shed by imaginary–and rather large–creatures.” Kevin Griffin has reviewed John Patkau’s sculptures for the Vancouver Sun. In the article he shares his interview with John Patkau on his intriguing creation process, which pushes steel past the point of failure into its “plastic” range that causes its shape to be permanently altered.
PATKAU-DESIGNED GALLERY OPENS IN NORTH VANCOUVER, 11.17
As John Patkau says, 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.
JAMES NIZAM EXHIBITION OPENS IN BERLIN, 11.17
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.
REFLECTIONS ON SPACE GARDEN BY KATJA STRUNZ, 11.17
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…”
JAMES NIZAM EXHIBITED IN LONDON, 11.17
James Nizam’s work is currently on display at Art Bermondsey Project space, an independent contemporary art venue in London. 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.
SARA ROBICHAUD REVIEWED IN GALLERIES WEST, 10.17
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), written by Portia Prieger.
PIERRE COUPEY REVIEWED IN TWO COATS OF PAINT, 10.17
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.
BRENDAN TANG WINS MAYOR’S ART AWARD, 10.17
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.
JOHN PATKAU AT VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, 11.17
John Patkau’s Winnipeg Skating Shelters are currently on display in the courtyard at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (July 15- November 12, 2017). The free exhibition, Plywood: Material of the Modern World, investigates the history of plywood techniques and applications.
The Winnipeg Skating Shelters existed for one season on the iced-over Assiniboine river, Winnipeg, and have been reproduced with great care for the new V&A exhibition.
PIERRE COUPEY AT KELOWNA ART GALLERY, 06.17
Pierre Coupey is one of several artists whose work is on display at the Kelowna Art Gallery as part of The Big Picture, a group exhibition curated by Liz Wylie that runs from April 29 to June 25, 2017. The Big Picture brings together a selection of large-scale artworks from the gallery’s permanent collection, some of which have never been exhibited.
BRENDAN TANG A FINALIST FOR THE LEOWE PRIZE
Brendan Lee Satish Tang has been mentioned in recent press as a finalist for the Spanish fashion house Leowe’s inaugural Craft Prize, an award recognizing expert craftmanship from around the world. Tang’s work, along with the other finalists, is currently on display at New York Chamber gallery.
Q&A WITH ERIN O’KEEFE
Blou In Art Info has published a recent Q&A with artist Erin O’Keefe on the influence of her background in architecture, her desire to investigate things “as they are,” and her interest in the visual illusions created with light and shadow in her work, written by Taylor Dafoe.
DANNY SINGER EXHIBITED IN MELBOURNE
Several of Danny Singer’s works are currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, as part of the NGV Festival of Photography. The exhibition includes some of the most challenging and exciting contemporary photography from Australia and around the world, including Elad Lassry, Sophie Calle, Paola Pivi, Pieter Hugo, Danny Singer, Ceal Floyer, Lucia Koch, David Rosetzky, Polly Borland, Adam Fuss and Thomas Demand.
BRENDAN TANG EXHIBITED AT THE REACH GALLERY
Work by Brendan Tang is featured in an upcoming exhibition Ready Player Two (May 25-September 3, 2017) at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotford, BC. The exhibition presents collaborative and independent works by Brendan Tang alongside interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu, combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how the forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.
The Reach Gallery Museum describes the artistic interplay between the two artists in Ready Player Two as they address the activities of adolescence:
“In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.”
JAMES NIZAM NOMINATED FOR THE SOBEY AWARD 2017
Congratulations to James Nizam who has been nominated for the Sobey Art Award 2017. Of twenty-five artists chosen from five regions in Canada, Nizam is one of five artists long-listed for the West Coast and the Yukon. The entire long list was announced by Canadian Art this week, presenting the public with the most exciting young Canadian contemporary artists to keep an eye on.
The Sobey Art Award is widely recognized as the most prestigious national art award for artists 40 and under. The annual award, administered by the National Gallery of Canada, presents a top prize of $50,000, while awarding $10,000 to each of the four finalists. Works by the winner and the four finalists will be presented in a group exhibition from October 24- December 9, 2017 at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.