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Bradley Harms - "Marble Hydras"
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, September 20, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Lg Dual Event (Multi Drag), 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 48"


Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Calgary based artist, Bradley Harms.

Bradley Harms has been on the frontlines of the new wave of Canadian abstraction for several years. Harms pays close attention to the material aspect of his paintings, demonstrating a sense of technological awareness.

Harms’ practice has always utilized painting as a tool with which to address contemporary experience. When taking in one of Harms’ paintings, the viewer is subject to visual overload due to the tension between background and foreground, line and color. The overwhelming stimulus speaks to the sublime nature of the digital age. The analog application of these delicately modulated lines, intricate colour patterns, and complex systems trumps the manufactured aesthetic with the hand made. By referencing technology while not using it, the paintings become witness to the time in which they are made without relying on technology to get them there – forming a dialogue with the period, while maintaining a certain independence from it.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bradley Harms received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1996 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and his paintings can be found in many international public collections such as the Canada Council's Artbank (Ottawa, ON), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, AB), University of Western Sydney (Sydney, Australia), Foreign Affairs + International Trade Canada (Ottawa, ON) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB).






Samantha Walrod - "Majestic Wanderer"
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, September 20, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Deer Crown White, 2014
Mixed Media on Panel
60" x 48"


Newzones is pleased to announce “Majestic Wanderer”, a solo exhibition by Albertan artist, Samantha Walrod.

Walrod’s new body of work is influenced by local wildlife and flora found in the Canadian wilderness. Imaginary spaces are collaged with familiar iconography. The Alberta Rose can be seen emerging out of abstract brushwork and disappearing back into paint splatters. Bears or elk materialize out of drips, stains and strokes, onto a clearing.

Walrod situates herself as a motorist where the road is the meeting place where she and other visitors can encounter majestic wildlife. Walrod says of her experience: ‘When viewing wildlife from a vehicle, I feel a sense of awe and gratitude at the chance to witness the fleeting passage of a bear, coyote or elk coming into view and then disappearing back into the trees.’

Tactility is very important to the artist’s practice. Images are incorporated with collage and digital technologies, while maintaining the exploration of paint. Layers of paint act as a symbol of the mind’s ability to retain detailed information, while at the same time, leaving certain elements unclear. In her own words, Walrod “reacts to the paintings with each layer or erasure, adjusting contrasting activity and quiet, opacity and transparency, chaos and balance”.

Walrod completed her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Alberta and received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work can be found in museum, corporate and public collections across Canada.






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.
      





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!