February 7 - March 7

Virginia Mak "Character Reference"

"Perception" Group Show

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Jeff Nachtigall: "Wild Men"
Saturday, March 14, 2014 - Saturday, May 2, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, March 14, 2014 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Wild Man 9, 2014
Acrylic on Paper
49" x 38"

Newzones is pleased to announce “Wild Men”, a solo exhibition by Saskatoon-based artist Jeff Nachtigall. “Wild Men” will run in conjunction with “Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North America”, organized by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This major American exhibition celebrates the vast and vibrant Canadian contemporary art scene. It will show across multiple venues in Calgary beginning February 2015 and boasts the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever produced outside of Canada.

Post painterly abstraction and hard edge painting meet pop art and expressionism in “Wild Men”. The figures are as much self-portraits as they are explorations into process, material and mark making. The tropes of Modernism are playfully incorporated into clip art, cartoons, still lifes and landscapes. As the nameimplies, the key characteristic of the wild man is his wildness. “Civilized" population regarded wild men as beings of the wilderness, and as such represent the antithesis of civilization.

Born in Saskatchewan, Jeff Nachtigall received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan in 1993, and completed one year of his Master's degree in printmaking at Illinois State University. Nachtigall has been awarded several artist residencies including the University of Regina, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Saskatoon Health Region. He has exhibited widely across Canada and his artwork can be found in many private and public collections, including the Alberta Foundation of the Arts and the City of Regina, to name a few.

Jonathan Forrest: "Open Source"
Saturday, March 14, 2014 - Saturday, May 2, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, March 14, 2014 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Projection, 2015
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 66"

Newzones is pleased to announce “Open Source”, a solo exhibition by Jonathan Forrest.

In the context of a history of painting defined by flatness, Forrest re-invents the idea of contemporary prairie painting. His multi-layered works play within the limitations of a flat surface while opening up new possibilities for spatial composition.

Jonathan Forrest investigates the transformation of an abstract painting from an illustration of a concept into a robust experiential object. Forrest uses built up layers of transparent gels and glazes and by focusing on the edge of painted shapes, the paintings reveal themselves when viewed from different angles. In natural and changing light this material becomes luminous colour and the paintings become reliefs charged with physical presence.

About his practice the artist states:

“My work is a combination of intuitive responses to the world around me, an ongoing dialogue with contemporary and historical painting, and an enthusiastic immersion in the material process of making objects. My natural openness and curiosity has kept me alert to a range of potential approaches to art-making and my creative process is positive – I’m interested in creating something new, something generous and giving and above all, something that sustains me in the studio. Painting today allows me to explore my humour, to playfully reference past art styles and to juggle all this into my own eclectic vision.”

Jonathan Forrest received both his Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. He has attended the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop and became an organizer in 2001. His work had been widely exhibited within Canada and can be found in many public collections including: the Canada Council's Art Bank, the Glenbow Museum, University of Saskatchewan, Art Gallery of Alberta, Cenovus Energy, Encana Corporation, Nordstrom, and the Bank of Montreal.

Cathy Daley
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Artist reception: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Untitled 915, 2013
Oil Pastel on Vellum
36" x 84"

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: "Colour Junkie"
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Artist reception: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Phome, 2014
Pigment Print on Panel with Resin
30" x 72"

Franco DeFrancesca explores digital/mixed media as a mode of creating abstraction in the form of an art object. His most recent body of work is informed by digital technology and its relationship to the nature of media and identity. These works reflect upon the multiple layers of stimulation that can be found in contemporary mediated culture, distilled through brightly coloured moving images, where identities reflexively superimpose and intertwine into a conscious kaleidoscope.

DeFrancesca’s artwork blends the virtual with the dimensional, where the spectrum of the digital becomes encapsulated into form and object. 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 private, corporate and public collections world-wide, including Cenovus Energy Inc., Talisman Energy, GMP Securities, Encana and Enbridge Inc. amongst others.