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Colleen Philippi: "Butterfly Effect"
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, July 5, 2014
Artist reception: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 1 - 4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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i butterfly, 2011 (closed)
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel
46.5" x 18"


Newzones is pleased to present "Butterfly Effect", a solo exhibit by Calgarian artist, Colleen Philippi.

Colleen Philippi's artwork immediately captures the attention of the viewer. A  sense of mysticism comes from her highly creative and personal visual  vocabulary of secrets, treasure, allegories, astronomy, poetry and  memory.

In  her new series, Philippi contemplates and addresses how our lives are alternately formed of chaos and our attempts to create order from such  chaos. Thoughts of, regrets for and daydreams of the life one has and  the life that might have been, mix in our conscious and unconscious  minds. Suffering and joy, despondency and elation coexist: informing,  enhancing and highlighting one another.

The evolution of this series is described by Philippi:

"Until  three years ago, my approach to these was largely a 'freewheelingly'  intuitive one, a casual antidote to the more structured approach of my  other work. The desire to 'just paint' stirred an interest in developing  a personal abstract language."

This  personal language draws from the history of Philippi's practice: the  grid, pattern, colour studies, painted objects and figures, landscape,  natural imagery, Matisse cut out shapes and Twombly scribbles.  All of  these elements, combined with an interest in exploring both layering and  obliteration, open a rich vein to unearth personal depth and truth.

"I  have uncovered many things in this work, but the most magical have been  that chaos can be an organizing principle and that additive can  eventually become subtractive. Out of an evolving slow motion process  come works possessed of a stillness, elation and complexity", states  Philippi.

Colleen  Philippi received her BFA from the University of Alberta in 1982. Since  then she has been showing internationally at art fairs with Newzones.  Besides finding her magical assemblages in private, corporate, and  museum collections, locally, nationally, and internationally, she has  completed commissions for Rotary Flames House, Calgary, AB., Island  Hospital Anacortes, Seattle, WA, Swedish Foundation, Seattle, WA, and  Pason Systems Ltd, Calgary, AB., amongst others.