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John Folsom - "Diminishing Returns"
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, October 25, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Cumberland Island 1 Main Road, 2009
Archival pigment print on board with oil and wax
80" x 64"


  
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by John Folsom entitled, "Diminishing Returns".

John Folsom's new series of process oriented photographs presents the area of Banff, Alberta as a historically picturesque destination while illuminating some of the problems associated with climate change. Conceived during a 2 week residency at the Banff Centre, this series was created using a combination of techniques. Photographs are enhanced and obscured by the use of oil paint and other media presenting the hiking trails of the park system as a grand introspective escape. This romantic vision invites the viewer to bring their own reference, moving the work beyond its specific geography to a place inhabiting personal
memory.

Folsom is interested in the space of land as a cultural construct and its relationship to the aesthetic issues of the history of painting and the tourist experience. His practice demonstrates the collective potential of landscape images¬ through the intersection of painting and photography. John Folsom graduated from the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL with a BA in Cinema and Photography. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout North America and can be found in collections around the world, including Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel Switzerland, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN and the Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta GA, as well as many private collections.
      





Anda Kubis - "Efflorescence"
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, October 25, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Botanical, Green Earth, 2014
Oil on Canvas
48" x 48"


Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled “Efflorescence” by Anda Kubis.

As part of the New Abstraction movement in Canada, Kubis continues her play with colour, space and illusion. Painterly and improvisational, Kubis' work continues to capture a screen-like illumination from within the picture with light clusters and refractions across the surface of the canvas.

Strongly inspired by Modern color-field painting, Kubis uses color to reflect an entirely contemporary world – a world seen with light. Her paintings act as a place of visual contemplation, a place for the eye to meander through finely tuned chromatic relationships.

“Efflorescence”, a time of peak blossoming, aptly describes compositions that have emerged from random grounds of colour. Kubis relies on an intuitive sense of colour to arrange and rearrange a composition. The slow material exploration that oil painting requires, results in eruptions of highly tuned colour relationships and idiosyncratic compositions. Kubis encourages the open, associative reading of her work while likening it to imaginary chemical and biological reactions.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Anda Kubis received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her MFA at York University. For eight years, Kubis taught at York University and at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Currently, Kubis is an Associate Dean at OCAD University. Her paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America, including Bank of Montreal, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Cenovus Energy, Calgary and Encana, Calgary, to name a few.






Kevin Sonmor - "The Utlitarians"
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
Artist reception: Thursday, November 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Dunham Blue Study 3, 2012
Oil on Linen
40" x 40"


  
Newzones is pleased to announce "The Utlitarians", a solo exhibition by Kevin Sonmor.

Sonmor's iconic work pushes the boundaries between the historical conventions of landscape painting and the contemporary aesthetic of the abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Flemish painting, his visions are dark and atmospheric, yet filled with familiar still-life objects. These objects float through Sonmor's rich, painterly landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that hover between contemporary and historic painting traditions.

In his new body of work, Utilitarian, Sonmor muses on the conventions of historical subjects including marine, romantic landscapes and vanitas still-lifes. Sonmor uses these familiar historical practices, though slightly shifting many of their known properties, such as colour or space. The resulting paintings celebrate these historical subjects, in today's culture. Sonmor captures the feeling of Northern European still-lifes and Vanitas studies, rendering images in hues and shades of feeling while still carrying a distinctive contemporary edge.

Mark Daniel Cohen, a New York City-based artist/writer wrote of Sonmor's paintings: "…Sonmor paints with the certain craft of a master, with the sure touch of a virtuoso, not for the sake of the pride in technique but for something more imperative: for the efficacy of the art, for the sake of what art is for — the penetration through to a truth of our essential nature that we realize but cannot hold for more than the briefest moment."

Born in Lacombe, Alberta, Kevin Sonmor completed his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 1991. Since then, he has exhibited widely across Canada, the US, and more recently, Europe. Along with several exhibitions in established commercial galleries, Sonmor has enjoyed solo exhibitions in many public galleries and museums including University of Waterloo, Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and most recently at Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec. In the fall of 2014, Sonmor will be having a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in Alberta. Sonmor is a recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants and his work may be found in many private and public collections including the University of Waterloo, Art Gallery of Algoma and Government of Canada.
        






Deck the Walls!
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
Artist reception: Thursday, November 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Deck The Walls! Installation Shot


Newzones is pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of its holiday Deck the Walls! exhibition.




Ever evolving, Deck the Walls! will present itself as an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. This salon-inspired exhibition will aim to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art for the holidays. Deck the Walls! is a fabulous opportunity to display a wide variety of artworks for all to enjoy. There is something for everyone!




Newzones will show work by a many gallery artists, such as Calgary-based Bradley Harms, Colleen Philippi and pinhole photographer Dianne Bos. Favourite painters like Kevin Sonmor, Anda Kubis and Marie Lannoo will also be highlighted, and photo-based artists such as James Holroyd, Franco DeFrancesca and Joshua Jensen-Nagle will be included. And not to be forgotten are Cathy Daley's iconic drawings of the female form.




Deck the Walls! is sure to inspire some wonderful gift-giving ideas - this event is not to be missed!




So, come one, and come all, and take delight in our spectacular holiday wall!