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Suggestion from Kamloops

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

These are ten drawings that Rhonda and I completed in Kamloops for our upcoming show at the Kamloops Art Gallery. We will be exploring some new ways of presenting this work. The drawings will be unframed and floating about 1½ inches off the walls and we will be drawing on the walls, too.

Craig Willms who is curating this exhibition has written, “For the project in The Cube, the artists walk Kamloops to make marks that reflect their movement across the topography and hint at visual elements of their surroundings. The works combine a type of intaglio technique on paper with drawing. Gouged marks and an absence of pigment combine with drawn lines and fields of colour to represent the terrain and landmarks of a specific locale. It is a visceral process that pushes their collaboration to explore print media and drawing beyond traditional techniques.”

The exhibition runs from April 5 to June 14.

180 Projects

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Visiting with Andrea Pinheiro at her studio in Sault Ste. Marie. Andrea is teaching at Algoma University and has a fabulous space – 180 Projects – that is becoming a cultural hub in the city. Andrea is exhibiting with increased frequency around Canada look for  her work in a gallery near you soon.

Master Doofus

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

David Alexander’s exhibition opened tonight at the Bau Xii Gallery. Here he is reprising his kabuki Dave chops as demonstrated a few years back.

John Kissick’s Eye

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

All this week, Rhonda and I have been at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, ON. This is the ninth and final venue for our show Chance Operations².  We have been making some art here, running community workshops and talking to students from high schools in the area.

Tonight there was a reception at the Gallery for our exhibition and two others that are up concurrently by Ron Shuebrook and Stefan Rose. All of the exhibiting artists were present. Also in the house were painters David Urban, Sky Glabush and John Kissick (who curated Shuebrook’s exhibition). Kissick and Urban wrote essays for Shuebrooks’s catalogue that arrived at the gallery, hot off the presses, earlier in the day.

Afterwards and late into the night, we partied at a local restaurant. Some one (Fran Shuebrook?) passed a camera around the table asking everyone to shoot a “selfie”. I watched John Kissick take an extreme close-up of his eye when it was his turn. Inspired by what I saw in the viewfinder (facing towards me) as he turned the camera on himself, I immediately jumped up with my iPhone and took the same picture of him… from my perspective.

The Sentence

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Photo credit to Rhonda Neufeld.

Here I am this morning in Hamilton,ON with my good friend Alan Flint. Alan is one of the stalwarts of print in Canada. We are in a local park looking at his sculpture “The Sentence”.

Kamloops Residency

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Rhonda and I are getting down to work again. Finally we are finding an opportunity to print the woodblocks that we cut last summer in Saskatchewan. We are printing at Kamloops Printmakers in Kamloops, BC. Here is the print from the block cut at Spring Valley. We have thirteen large format blocks from which we intend to print seven images in small editions. This work and the drawings also completed last summer in Saskatchewan will be the core of our exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Regina next February.

Triple Ratamecue

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Photo credit to James Lisitza.

Quebec City, 1972 in the middle of an eight-month long cross Canada tour. The group was Jalal; members include Garry Brown, Larry Brown and Jack Lenz (behind me on a Hammond B3).

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

There are lots of artists in the neighborhood around my studio.  Also, rehearsal spaces for bands, dance studios, design studios and coffee joints. We have seen one or two movies or television shows filmed here, too.  Over the past four days a crew built this set in the middle of an intersection just two blocks away.  Work went on nearly twenty-four hours a day – re-routing traffic and putting security people everywhere.  It is only the facade of a house you can see through to the other side.  I wonder what is going to happen with that worm hole?

Table Ten

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Rhonda and I are working in Saskatchewan all through the month of July.  We have a show at the Art Gallery of Regina in 2014 and are taking an early opportunity to get some ideas together for it.  The joy of being here is that it gives us a chance also to re-connect with friends.  Tonight we had supper with Ryan Arnott and Marsha Kennedy who is curating the show.  I caught some light-hearted moments on my camera.

Drawing at Old Wives Lake

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Photo credit to Rhonda Neufeld.

Gooey aftermath of working on a drawing while walking.

Opening Splash Animation by Ray Statham,
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