Colleen Philippi – TBA
Solo Exhibition 2022
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Colleen Philippi.
Philippi investigates the use of assemblage to resemble the found object. This artistic process is driven by self-referencing allusions, such as the use of painting palettes, letters, scraps of images and textures as key visual elements.
Stylistically and conceptually, Philippi is assembling from visual building blocks: partial and full letters, word fragments, signs, basic geometric shapes and patterns, colour samples, paint and colour palettes, pieces of isolated or displaced furniture, human anatomy, images of landscape, insects, butterflies, etc. Combined, all of these simple components work together to create meaning to which the viewer adds his or her own significance.
Philippi’s artwork invites viewers to look closely to see how it is constructed. Throughout her creations, there is a visual use of “tromp l’oeil” effects, in that handles are not initially apparent and what appears to be collage is in truth painted by the artist’s hand.
Colleen Philippi received her BFA from the University of Alberta in 1982. Ms. Philippi has a long exhibition history and exhibits 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.