Work In Progress explores the idea of an objet d’art in continual flux and transformation. Using the landscape as his subject matter, Hoffer emphasis the similarities, vulnerabilities and effects of accumulation, environmental influence, and chance. These works are composed of successive layers of clay and pigments. Through the creative process, Hoffer exposes the paintings to fluctuations in humidity and temperature, encouraging the surfaces to crack and discolour, corroding over time to reveal the layers below.
Though a certain level of melancholy is inherent, Hoffer considers his work to be optimistic. As moss blankets exposed rock or a forest reclaims a battlefield, Nature slowly takes back what is Hers. Neglect is an invitation to Natures dance, but the imposition of nature back to its natural state is comforting and poetic.
Peter Hoffer has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. Hoffer's paintings can be found in several prominent public, private, and corporate collections.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2-4pm
730 11th Ave SW
“My paintings carry no other message but the surprise, spontaneity and optimism of colour.”-William Perehudoff, on his own paintings, 1967.
Born in Saskatoon in 1918, William Perehudoff’s artistic career spanned more than seven decades. Perehudoff exhibited in major international citiesincluding London, Paris, New York, Toronto and Chicago. His paintings are housed in the collections of prestigious Canadian institutions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Civilization, as well as notable private and corporate collections and foundations. Perehudoff was a member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Academy of Art, held an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Regina, received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Beginning his career in the early 1940s, Perehudoff carried on a dialogue with both American colour field and European abstract movements. By 1949, he was studying in New York with Amédéé Ozenfant, who founded the Purist Movement c.1918 with Le Corbusier. Another shift in Perehudoff’s paintings took place after meeting Clement Greenberg in 1962. Greenberg, known for ‘Greenbergian principals’ in the 50’s and 60’s, was the most important art critic of the New York School of Painting. Meetings with Greenberg in New York and at the Emma Lake Workshops in Saskatchewan contributed to Perehudoff’s focus on formalist abstraction.
In The Globe and Mail, Alan Hustak states, “Mr. Perehudoff’s career got a boost when Mr. Greenberg declared that his work ranked with that of Jack Bush, who was then the leading Canadian expressionist.” Most recently, “The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective” opened at the Mendel Art Gallery in October 2010 and toured across Canada for two years with exhibitions at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON and the Kamloops Art Gallery. This exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated book, "The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective" with essays by curators Roald Nasgaard, Karen Wilkin and artist Robert Christie.
William Perehudoff's paintings are described by esteemed NYC art critic Karen Wilkin: “Perehudoff’s abstractions (…) are self-evidently autonomous constructions in the language of paint, deliberately detached from explicit reference. Their aim is plainly not to replicate appearances but rather to stir our emotions through wordless relationships of colour, eloquent intervals, thoughtfully deployed shapes, and nuanced surfaces.”
Joshua Jensen-Nagle: "Endless Summer"
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2-4pm
730 11th Ave SW
Newzones is pleased to present “Endless Summer”, a solo exhibition by Joshua Jensen-Nagle.
This latest beach series is a culmination of 12 years of working with the subject. The inspiration began in his childhood where he would spend his summers at the beach. Earlier works were crafted using vintage Polaroid cameras and old postcards that created a dreamy nostalgic feeling. Now, using modern day cameras, Jensen-Nagle is able to create awe-inspiring images that can appear both faraway and somehow, reachable. His scenes either evoke fond memories, or capture crisp vistas that you can walk right into.
To add another perspective to his series of iconic beaches, Jensen-Nagle photographed new works from a helicopter, mastering aerial imagery. At first glance, these works may read as abstract, but upon a closer gaze, umbrellas, sunbathers, swimmers and surfers scatter about the scene to create colourful and inspiring imagery. Distinctly Jensen-Nagle, the work refuses to document a moment in time, rather forcing the viewer to perceive it as a dream of the distant past or faraway future.
Joshua Jensen-Nagle received a BFA at Ryerson University 2004. He has been featured in Photolife, National Post, Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Canadian Art, Galleries West, Swerve, Avenue, FFWD and Canadian House and Home. He has become a prominent fixture in the Canadian art community for the past decade. He has developed a strong standing in the art world and has been collected by Cirque de Soleil, Ryerson University, First Calgary Petroleum Ltd, MasterCard, GMP Securities, Talisman Energy and Bennett Jones LLP to name a few.
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