THIS MONTH AT THE FOYER GALLERY:
August 2nd – September 5th, 2016
Walls: Cortez, ‘If the Walls Could Talk’, abstract acrylics
Cases: Andrea Hoff, ‘Sticks + Stones’, ceramics
Opening Reception on August 4th, 6-8pm
By Toby Jaxon
Foyer Gallery Curator
Beckoned By Passion
There are many interesting things happening in the library, although you do not know all the details! During the month of August the Foyer Gallery walls are abounding with abstract acrylics by local artist and climber ‘Cortez’ presenting his recent series entitled ‘If the Walls Could Talk’. The numerous stimulating creations include some very large canvasses with a show stopping element – not a diptych or a triptych but – a painting made up of 8 pieces. Is that an ‘octatrych’?
Cortez does not attempt to represent external reality but seeks to achieve effects with the use of mostly acrylic along with multi-layered mixed media to develop interesting textures and forms in a somewhat psychedelic style with the use of reflective or glow-in-the-dark paints, iridescent colours and crackling shapes.
Cortez says, “I open the imagination, allow a freedom in nothing being there. It’s all up to you!”
With no formal training, Cortez is primarily self-taught. Visual art has played a major role in his life in the past decade which is a relatively short period of time compared to his 26 year obsession with rock climbing. Residing in Squamish since 2000, Cortez has made it his goal to infinitely improve and enhance the natural beauty all around him. His visual expressions are mere reflections of how Cortez has been beckoned.
In the cases ceramic artist Andrea Hoff presents ‘Sticks + Stones’, distinctive and artful creations, telling stories on basic everyday objects, honouring the antiquity of pottery. The pieces in the show, both unique and practical, form a progression of colour palettes, moving through blues and reds and elements of abstracted narrative representing shifts in her practice over that last few years.
“This series for me embarks more deeply into my storytelling elements within the ceramic medium”, says Hoff who is also a writer/illustrator and finds inspiration in the natural world, architecture, painting and primarily storytelling. She admits, “The stories that come out in my ceramics are often more abstract then my writing, which tends to focus on written and illustrated memoir. In ceramics I can let the magic and the obscure in storytelling play with the form of the clay.”
In the last few years Hoff has moved away from wheel-work to be more focused on hand building and slab construction, relishing the unique nature of clay, as it can be shaped and formed through pinching and draping it over forms such as tree rounds and cuttings from the garden to leave memories in the clay. “Working with hand building has given me a new sense of respect for the medium of clay – molding it, dying it and pinching it into form allows me to really feel the way the clay behaves. It’s become more a balance for me between what the clay can do and what I envision for the piece. Often I have to change my expectations and let the clay itself inform the final outcome. If this makes sense (and doesn’t sound too much like a Jedi Knight potter) – I listen to the clay more now and I’ve learned to see the beauty in imperfections”, Hoff says referring to these important aspects of her development as a ceramic artist.
In the future, Hoff is looking to further explore narration in commissioned sets that depict stories from a person’s life, translating as a memoirist and a biographer – combining the stories of life onto objects that will be used to add joy to special celebrations and to the everyday. All the works of art are finished with a food safe glaze.
Meet the artists at their ‘off-the-wall’ shadow show & Opening Reception featuring musician Liesl Petersen on August 4th, 6-8pm at the Foyer Gallery in the Squamish Public Library.
Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows
|Aug 2 – Sept 5||Walls: Curtis Suave, ‘If the Walls Could Talk’, abstract acrylic paintings
Cases: Andrea Hoff, ‘Sticks + Stones’, ceramics
|Sept 6 – Oct 3||Walls & Cases: Charly Mithrush & Donna Stewart, ‘All in the Mix; a fusion of mediums to create the story…’ , acrylic, encaustic, cold wax, plaster, cement & ephemera|
|Oct 4 – Oct 31||Walls: Sarah Symes, ‘Sea to Sky Landscapes’, abstract fabric paintings
Cases: Rochelle Brubacher, ‘Star Trek 50th Anniversary Costumes’, textiles, sculpted clay & mixed media
|Nov 1 – Nov 28||Walls: Jenna Robinson, ‘Chasing Light’, acrylic on canvas
Cases: Emily Tolmie, ‘Celebrating Culinary Rituals’, functional ceramics
|Nov 29 – Jan 2||Artisan Holiday Celebration
Walls & Cases: Visuals Squamish Valley Artists, ‘Red Alert’, Group Show, various media
Sale Event: December 2, 3 & 4 Artisan Displays, Live Music, Art Demos, baking
Event runs: Fri 1–5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun 10–3:30 p.m.
Call for Artists
The Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library is a contemporary space dedicated to the exhibition of excellent artwork. The gallery supports large wall works as well as smaller works suitable for display in three elegant glass display cases. Submissions from artists in all disciplines are invited or future juried exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library. We are booking now for the 2016/2017 season.
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