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Upcoming: Virginia Mak - "Small Moments" & "Perception" - Group Show
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Upcoming Exhibitions

"Perception" - Group Show
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Artist reception: Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 2-4PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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White Horse, Hill 62, Flanders Fields, Belgium, 2014 ed./1
19" x 19"

Newzones is pleased to present “Perception”, running concurrently with Exposure 2017: Alberta’s Photography Festival.

“Perception” is an exciting presentation of Newzones' process-driven and photo-based artists, curated to showcase the methods that are employed in their creative process.

With the photograph at the core, “Perception” will explore artwork that is manipulated in many fashions: by way of hand with a selection of media, where photography becomes mixed with wax, paint or plexiglass. Other artists use pinhole cameras or Polaroid film to achieve a specific effect, and some utilize digital means to create and alter the images, resulting in a different effect altogether. With all of these varying methods, it's up to the viewer to determine how the photos are created.

The exhibition will feature photographers Dianne Bos (Calgary), Franco DeFrancesca (Toronto), John Folsom (Atlanta, GA), James Holroyd (Calgary), Joshua Jensen-Nagle (Toronto), Stuart McCall (Vancouver), and Sarah Nind (Toronto).

Virginia Mak - "Small Moments"
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Saturday, March 4, 2017
Artist reception: Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 2 - 4 PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Untitled 11 (Male Figure and Mustard Coloured Chair), 2015 ed./10
47" x 47"

Newzones is pleased to announce "Small Moments", a solo show by Virginia Mak.

In this new series, Virginia Mak works to conjure from ordinary everyday experience a hidden sense of all that is extraordinary in just being. Each image is an instant that is free of ornament, implicit of his or her story, with their cracking surfaces about to burst and slip into the future. Pushing photography beyond traditional limits, Mak explores the visual possibilities of the medium. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.

“I am drawn instinctively to moments, the way parcels of time expand and contract in our memory, conjuring from ordinary experience a hidden sense of all that is extraordinary in the world. This photographic series points to small moments – small in the sense of intimate. One can also consider this series as a kind of slow-motion depiction: of people, of place, of postures, of colours and shapes, of immediacy, of ways of occupying space.”

The images range from a lyric fragment (a woman resting her head on a sofa) to extended, rolling meditations (a man’s hand touching the bark of a tree). What unifies them is a certain tension – the need to push forward is meeting the need to hold still.

Mak was born in Hong Kong. After graduating with a Philosophy Degree from the University of Calgary, she went on to study Photography at the Ontario College of Art. She is a recipient of project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been written about in the Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Star, to name a few. Mak's photographs can be found in public and private collections in North America and Asia.

Cathy Daley
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
Artist reception: Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 2-4PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Untitled 1004, 2015
Oil Pastel on Vellum
36" x 68"

Newzones is excited to announce a solo exhibition of new drawings by Cathy Daley.

At first glance, Cathy Daley's drawings are all frothy and savvy girlishness. Daley’s drawings, in fact, reflect an aesthetic driven by the contemporary figure yet coloured by post-feminist ideas surrounding the female form. Drawing from the world of high fashion, Daley’s work made with black oil pastel on white vellum is a contemporary exploration of both body politics and culturally accepted images of femininity.

These iconic drawings often point to the formulas behind many stereotypes, which are built on unrealistic ideals of perfection and cultural caricatures.

Born in 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Cathy Daley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art in 1975. Her drawings have been widely exhibited across North America and Europe. Daley is a recipient of numerous awards and grants and her artworks can be found in collections all over the world, including the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, amongst others.

Franco DeFrancesca- "Spin Cycle Matrix"
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017
Artist reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 2-4PM
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Parasthesia, 2016
Pigment Print on Panel with Resin
42" x 42"

Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Franco DeFrancesca.

Franco DeFrancesca explores digital/mixed media as a mode of creating abstraction in the form of an art object. His artwork investigates the links between art, memory, history and technology, using digital imaging as a means to navigate the territory between photography and painting. As a result of mixing references to photography and painting, these multi-media artworks represent reflections on contemporary visual culture charmed by minimalism, modernism, technology and futurism.

DeFrancesca’s artwork highlights the visual, temporal, and spatial qualities combined with the physical and tactile. Applying a keen sense towards craft and a reverence towards materials and processes, the abstract image is integrated with an exposed support of layered plywood, then encapsulated beneath crystalline resin, creating an ‘object of desire’. With its physical depth and highly polished glean, these works reference minimalist industrial design and refer obliquely to the urbane.

DeFrancesca has exhibited in Canada and the United States and his work can be found in corporate and public collections world-wide, including Cenovus Energy Inc., Talisman Energy, Encana and Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, AB) amongst others.