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Upcoming Exhibitions

Virginia Mak - "Character Reference"
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, March 7, 2015
Artist reception: Saturday, February 7, 2015 1-4pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Character Reference 17, 2014 ed. /15
28" x 28"

Newzones is pleased to announce "Character Reference", a solo exhibition by Virginia Mak.

Pushing photography beyond traditional limits, Mak explores the visual possibilities of the medium. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.

"Character Reference" consists of portraits drawn from figures in literature, folklore and mythology and represents contemporary allusions to characters such as Jane Erye, Madame Bovary, the film noir figure inspired by Raymond Chandler novels, the female figure in film director Douglas Sirk’s melodrama and Sylvia Plath in Ted Hughes’ early poem “St Botolph’s”. Using film and in-camera soft focus, Mak visually depicts these fictional characters and re-imagines the narrative.

Born in Hong Kong, Mak graduated with a Philosophy Degree from the University of Calgary. She went on to study Photography at The Ontario College of Art. She is a recipient of project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Mak's photography can be found in the corporate collections of Encana and Nordstrom as well as private collections throughout North America and internationally.

"Perception" - Group Show
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, March 7, 2015
Artist reception: Saturday, February 7, 2015 1-4 pm
at 730 11th Ave SW
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Finding a New Way, 2013, ed/7
Photograph Face Mounted To Plexi
41" x 43"

Newzones is pleased to present “Perception”, running concurrently with Exposure 2015: Alberta’s Photography Festival.

“Perception” is an exciting presentation of Newzones' process-driven and photo-based artists, curated to showcase the methods that are employed in their creative process.

With the photograph at the core, “Perception” will explore artwork that is manipulated in many fashions: by way of hand with a selection of media, where photography becomes mixed with wax, paint or Plexiglas. Other artists use pinhole cameras or Polaroid film to achieve a specific effect, and some utilize digital means to create and alter the images, resulting in a different effect altogether. With all of these varying methods, it's up to the viewer to determine how the photos are created.

The exhibition will feature photographers Dianne Bos (Calgary), Franco DeFrancesca (Toronto), John Folsom (Atlanta, GA), James Holroyd (Calgary), Joshua Jensen-Nagle (Toronto), Holly King (Montreal), Stuart McCall (Vancouver), and Sarah Nind (Toronto).

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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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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Reach, 2014
Acrylic on Canvas
66" x 48"

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.