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The planets converging in the black hole...

...or somebody spilled their smarties


From our youngest artist

        by Oto Kaneko-Jeans          Almost 3


Our Cave Beneath the Stairs...

...has music played by wind


Riding the Waves


Taking the Inside Out

We thought if we can show some of what is inside the gallery

outside of the gallery

it may inspire more of those walking by to come in.

or

they can simply enjoy it in the moment of passing.


Intersections

Intersect:- To cut into or between; to pass across; to divide into parts by crossing or passing through,- To meet and cross each other


Untangling the Week


We are a little bit slow today


Secrets of Time Past


Life is full of surprises... small explosions and unpleasant stories


This is where we got to

This idea has been percolating for some time and today we collected all the materials and constructed.

It is strong without screws or nails and provides shade and atmosphere in a busy part of the city.

All are welcome to come and sit.


On Our Way To Somewhere


Being witness to a moment


Not Quite Where You'd Expect



The Guest Revealed

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

 

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

 

                                              by Rumi

 

This was our guest this week, Bear the dog. All of our habits and routines had to alter to accommodate him.

He influenced how we used our space, how we saw our space I feel he taught us an appreciation for many things

that we had overlooked. The poem above seems to touch upon all of this.

Clue #3

Clue #2

Guess Who’s Coming to Stay?

Dreaming of the Great Escape


Which Way Is Up

This space has a very clear purpose but when you turn it around it becomes confused.

How easy is it to loose sight of purpose?


Stopped in our tracks by colour!


A Line Runs Through Them

 

...the title of the new exhibition of works in the collage gallery,

trying to find the line that connects all of the different pieces

by Eron Boyd,  Sae Kimura,  deborah harris

unwinding a spool of thread and circling the room

gives the sensation of unity


An agreement to be


What makes us free?


Neighbours


looking at you... looking at me


Getting Out Of The City For The Weekend


Attending the Annual Meeting


On A Narrow Plank


Higher Up and Farther In



The Magic of Light


Creating an Exit to the Sky


Eating Green

Today's secret get-away treat!


Singing Green


Trying to Understand the Visual Clues


'From Another World', the work of Floyd Kuptana...

...moves from upstairs, down into the main gallery.

All the better to be seen.


The Changing of the Guard



The hoodies come down

from the exhibition

'Sameness or Diversity'

the next is a surprise to discover tomorrow

In the Rain... How the weather moves us


Moving Lines


Another Video Offering

Cloudy with a chance of thunderstorm


All of the elements... balanced


Almost Ready for Tomorrow


The Texture and Colour of Today


Making Lists

 

Italian crystal alabaster,

Brazilian steatite,

Black African Pearl,

Spanish alabaster,

Pipestone,

Harvest gold alabaster,

Quebec slate...

 

 


 

Many different kinds of stones which can be sculpted and were by Floyd Kuptana.

A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

Today we received the third in the series of books we have published of Floyd's work.

This book is his paintings. All Three books will be available at the reception either to look at or to purchase. This prices for the books are just our cost with no mark up. In fact our cost is less than if you buy a single copy on blurb because we get a discount when we order more than twenty. The books are a good way to remember  and continue to enjoy Floyd's work.

Click on the link below to see in full.

https://www.blurb.ca/books/11158938-carved-with-a-brush

 

 


The Contrasts in our Environment


The Black Box

Today we assembled four black boxes (pedestals)

The first one took us a very long time

and seemed impossible.

The second was a little faster

And the third a little more

And the fourth was in five minutes.

We felt very proud.


Unpacking Treasures


A few of our blog viewers were confused by the last entry which was the invitation for Floyd Kuptana who passed away on May 27 last year. We are hosting a reception on the anniversary of his passing, in honour of him and his work. We will also be showing many sculptures brought to the gallery by his long time friend JP Albert. They are packed in the boxes show in these photos. Today we began unpacking and finding places for them, mostly in what is usually the collage gallery and also the library but they will be found through out. The title of the exhibition 'Still With Us' refers to the way that Floyd's presence

stays with us in his work.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?!


There is no There

'There is no There' was the title of this work and exhibition by Jeremy Gordaneer, that was held at Gallery Arcturus in 2011.

It was an extraordinary mural that he painted in his studio in Montreal and finished in the gallery just before the opening.

Yesterday would have been his fiftieth birthday. On that day we received the news that he had passed away in August of last year 2021. It is a terrible shock to learn of someone that you have spent time with and have a strong sense of, to imagine them not being here...Life is so fragile. We are remembering him and his family now.

So Close and yet So Far

Field in Flower in Odawara Japan. Photograph taken by Noriko Kimura


Remembering that the world is not flat as we once thought it was.


Things are not often what we assume them to be.

There are many mysteries unknown.

Singing and Dancing in the Courtyard

The surprise of a blue bag dancing in the wind

and Avey in her pink shoes dancing on the wall.


A Swan Sunning Day

Photograph by Barbara Kellam


An Unlikely Quartet


Singing the Rainy Day Blues


TGIF


A Walk on the Bright Side


Revisiting the gallery through the eyes of our visitors

 

This collage, by Sara MacHin, was done as part of the 14th online collage workshop using a photocopied image of Picasso's  'Circus', a cutout from our latest invitation and the postage stamp from the mail out.

All have been placed in a room painted for their occupancy.

It seems to best represent our title for the day. 


The Purging Continues

I remembered the other day that the best thing about creating art is the process of creating art. The space that one creates in must be conducive to that process. Materials need to be visible and accessible otherwise you forget that you have them.The problem is that the more one creates the more the space becomes a storage space, crowded with unknowable and therefore unusable materials. The space

and the materials need to be seen as resources in order to support a creative process. For this reason we have weeded out the space, looked at everything in it and attempted to organize it so it can be a resource to all who enter. A very daunting but satisfying challenge.


Massive Spring Cleaning in the Studio


Sharing a Vision


Spaces that speak to each other

Today one of our visitors was from Japan. Sae was able to introduce her to our gallery and she told us that her father has a gallery in Japan which our space reminded her of. After she left we looked up the gallery, 'Joy of Wind'. It was like travelling in a time capsule to a far off, very beautiful place. You might enjoy to visit as well.   http://rafu-urawa.com/


Trying to reconcile our place in the world


Sharing Pink


Finding racoons in the ceiling day!


Three babies alive and well on their way to a sanctuary.

Round the Table


All the paths lead somewhere


Our Own Henry Moore Driftwood

...is the model for the paintings by Vivian Felsen.

They can be seen on the 4th floor of the gallery.


Reducing the world to black and white


Transforming the Library

Hanging new work requires the rearranging of everything in the space. The change wakes us up and invites renewed seeing.


Mirror Mirror on the Wall

We see ourselves most truly in the eyes of those who see us

and our eyes are mirrors for them.

(thank you Teresa)


Collaging the Collage Gallery


Spring Tease


Communicating Intention

Please click to be easily readable  

 

 P.S. The vacuum is not part of the installation :(


A Tiny Piece of Sky


Holding a Question


Completion

Today at 6pm we completed the installation that we have be constructing

for the east genesis gallery. We will post images of the space tomorrow.


Siblings

Collage alterations and additions

by deborah harris

Painting by Pablo Picasso


Stepping Out


Opening the Windows Day


Behind the Walls

We have constructed a temporary workshop in the genesis

gallery where we are building the next installation exhibition.

It is a secret til we put it up sometime next week.


Music, Written on the Sky or A Bird On The Wire


March Winds are Blowing

Photographs by Simeon Posen


Not Quite Spring


Have a Closer Look

Sae and I came upon this painting today by Eduardo Ettore Forti done in the late 19th century. One hour later we were still engaged and in awe. What was the process of this

painting, how could one execute this kind of detail from ones imagination? The characters

are so complex in their expressions and postures, the quality of their attention, speaking and

listening. The fabrics and the drapery on the bodies. The floor tiles, the metal brazier and the bronze sculptures all created from many many colours together.

 

We do not paint like this now, maybe because we have photography and film. It is

amazing to consider how this was possible and the motivation and commitment of the artist

to do such work.


A Visit to the Gallery

   Today my daughter Ayokah spent the day with us at the gallery. We did many collages

together but this one somehow speaks to the mood of her being here.


A Bit Scary to See Through Today's Lens



Wet


The Day After The Day Before (we missed the day between)


Just Landed in Tropical Heat Wave


Sunny Skies, Underwrap and Stacked

Still, no way in.


The Rhinos Are Out!


A Little Bit Out A Little Bit In


Things are Looking Up


A Sense of Space


Social Distancing



                                                                                                                                 West meets East

                                                                                                                       The dog park at Allan Gardens

A Meeting of the Guardians


                                             from above and below


"Hello Neighbour"


Having Nothing to Say


Being Cawled to Look


Facing one way or the other

                 Looking From Both Sides


Not Quite There


 

This extraordinary painting by Luke Gilliam is framed under glass

  and reflects the the room it occupies.

The added layer seems to amplify the feeling of today... observing from the outside

'not quite there'

In Through the Back Door


Today we sat on a bench in small alley which surprisingly faces exactly onto the back wall of the gallery.

This back wall has many windows. In one of them we had the idea to put a painting facing out

so that those people living in the surrounding condos or, as we did, decide to sit on a bench to have their coffee,

can discover and perhaps even be inspired to visit us.

Today was a good wind...


A Small Window on the World


The Moment Lives On

And what is the moment?

 

It is a unity, a circle of beings,

 

 content in that moment.


Fabricland


A Meeting in Shadowland


Inside/Out


Not reflected

We see our selves most clearly, most truly, in the eyes of those we communicate with.

We reflect each other.


Looking at the world upside down


Looking for Direction


Waking Up


                                                                               

Sorry we were late.

Moved by Wind


This is a gift of spacious

 

 

  Castillon writes:-

« Listening to Hania's music over and over, I began to dream of a single sequence shot that would follow her music floating in the wind of an unreal Icelandic landscape. I asked each dancer to give a personal interpretation of Hania's song. We were very lucky to succeed in this insane artistic performance despite the great cold (minus 7 celsius), it was such a moment of truth. Shot in Iceland on February 23, 2020. »

Directed by Neels Castillon
Music by Hania Rani
Dancers — Mellina Boubetra, Janina Sarantšina, Fanny Sage

 

Connecting from a distance


Sidewalk Art


Stretched into the Blue


"Caught in a web of contending forces..."


                                  
                                    
                         "Caught in a web of contending forces, he is at once a protector of good and a doer of evil;
                           a builder and a spoiler; a man of principle and an opportunist; ..."
                                                                                                                                   William Shakespeare, Henry V

If Only We Were Pigeons...

"I guess a lot of people are feeling that" says Sae.

 

"Yes, a lot of people are wishing they were pigeons!!!" says I.


For the new blue flowers


Tis is the season for raking leaves and some of us are very enthusiastic about this task.

Unfortunately, the city has suspended the pick up of yard waste and so....

This morning we made a platform for the bags to sit on so that the grass and small flowers

will not be crushed while waiting, wrapping them with canvas in case of rain and tying them

'round with rope so that they will not fall and spill all over everywhere. Practical creativity.

Not particularly beautiful but somehow satisfying.

Sending Our Prayers on the Wind


In the Twilight Zone


                                                                                                                        ...trying to find the light

For Our Dear Friend Eron...

...in memory of his beloved mother Georgia Boyd - December 1939 - March 27 2020

Reconnecting 'Round the Table


It seems that what can be expressed through art cannot be translated into words.

None of us spoke while we were working today

even though we have not seen each other together for many days.

But the work speaks for us in inexplicable ways.

It is a mystery.

cOFFEE IS eSSENTIAL


Today we made this flyer for Stuart, the proprietor of our neighborhood cafe in hopes that he can stay open and solvent through this shutdown.

If you want to pick up a truly great coffee drop by B U L L D O G.

Hold On...


The Outside Beckons Us


In the World But Not Of It



Don't Be Scared It's Just Us


It seems we are all a bit confused and shy to follow the directions for COVID 19 but it is our duty to be responsible

not only for our self but for those who share the world with us, those we love and care for and those who are unknown.

Many lives depend upon our correct action,  this situation may be the shock needed to shift our awareness.

It gets easier if we are all in this together.   (that's why Sae and I are practicing and trying to get you onboard)

Preparing



                                                                                                                                  ...it's not all bad

Remember to Step Outside


Today we walked and walked and remembered how good it is to breathe the air outside.

We are being asked by the conditions at hand to stay close to home and avoid crowds and travel.

A moment or two of this is advisable.

 

Today was a difficult day

...confusing and messy

ragged and sharp edged

There is a lot happening that we have not encountered before

inside and outside

we are challenged to be balanced

to use our common sense

to remain calm and disciplined

Today we were not quite there yet.


Where Is Home?


How Differently We Each Interpret The World!


Often we think that it is important that someone share our opinions but not so with art.

In art we can appreciate our differences, in fact we celebrate them.

Maybe it is not so vital that we all think and say the same thing.

Maybe we can look and listen and learn.

 

 


A Different Blue A Different Circus


The objects and subjects of the gallery basement.

The World is a Blue Circus

Marc Chagall

Blue Circus

1950

Pacino di Bonaguida

The Creation of the World

1309 - 1347


How the Body Remembers



After using collage with this Medieval set we went out on the street and photographed an old building in the state of demolition and salvation

and found that we had somehow created almost exactly the same construction as in the painting, (seen in our Feb 27th blog).

This was unconscious and therefore surprising, the way we take in impressions and remember them in our bodies.

Becoming Animated

                                                                                                                                                                   ... thanks to Eron Boyd

Picasso Steps Upon the Medieval Stage



St Francis Renouncing Worldly Goods 1295

         The Mountebanks by Picasso 1905


A Reflection of Today


The First Star I See Tonight...

Today Sae 'n' I  worked on designing a new web page.

We will let you know when it's up and running, should be in two to three weeks.


Fishing for Mary


                                                                        Night Fishing at Antibes   by Picasso 1939          The Disembarkation of Mary Magdalene 

                                                                                                                                                                     possibly by Pietro Lorenzetti  1310

Collage by Sae Kimura

Collage by deborah harris


Clearing the Visual Palette


The Near and Distant Past

Vivian Felsen

Le  Duo                            The Presentation in the Temple

Georges Braque                 Giotto di Bondone

1937                                   1267 - 1337

deborah harris                                                Sae Kimura


For these collages we each had a copy of the two paintings shown above which we combined.

All in all we were able to finish thirteen collages using the same material.

These are the first three.

Not sure where the forest ends and I begin


                                                                            and home is a thought I can't quite touch

T T C Looking for Alternatives


Illuminated


Illuminate: To enlighten; to throw light upon; to light up with festal lamps


Cardboard is our new canvas



This strange coming together of elements to make what could be called a sculpture,

is a playful and spontaneous response to the objects and materials present in the space

but also to the inquiry itself. Irrefutable alteration provides a framework to

explore and to perceive variations on a theme. 

Looking at the different images on the blog will give you a hint of those possibilities.

Alterations # 2, 3, 4, 5, 6



Opening the drawers of the past/ Turned to the future/ Drawing in the present


Alteration #8


This show that is currently evolving began as P R I M A L  J O U R N E Y

with a solitary boat figure in a tumultuous sea.The figure descended and turned, 

M E E T I N G   W H A L E.

"And then what? we asked. How does this story continue?

Even whales must come up for air. Gravity below our feet keeps us standing or pulls us over.

As you probably saw in earlier blogs we cut the boat and stood it on its end.

A ladder of sorts leaning on the ramparts, an effort to climb away from earth's concerns.

The truth is, after meeting whale one is irrefutably altered and that is the new title;-  

I R R E F U T A B L Y    A L T E R E D.


The Space Where We Work... Lit by the Sun


This is where your blogs are born.

Very Far From Here


It's either an uphill or a downhill climb




Rogue Twins


Working with Perspective


Look Out


Holding a Moment of Peace


The Story Must Continue


                    One cannot stay forever underwater with the whale. One must come up for air.

                      What was once a vehicle becomes a shelter, perhaps a home, albeit somewhat quirky.

Still Life with Black Jug


For this exercise we decided to interpret the George Braque painting 'La Table de Toilette', using collage, working from a black and white reproduction and each choosing our own pallet. We did not look at the original colour painting til we were finished. 


Sneaking out through the back door


A Winter's Retreat


Will the Real Paul Klee Please Stand Up


...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

A CoRnucOpia of WoRk



                                                                                                                                                  ...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

A Meeting Place


Today we all met back at the gallery again, Sae, deborah and Floyd, after a few days apart.

The gallery is a rare and special place, a place where creativity is allowed to live.

This was our second drawing based on 'The Ice House' by Lawren Harris 1923.

The house seems to represent a unique and solitary place, surrounded by the elements.

A mystery which invites one to enter.

We hope the gallery does the same.


 

...continuing LESSONS WITH THE MASTERS

As Above So Below




Becoming Like Children


Today Sae n I spent the whole day with our very favorite 3 year old friend.

This is what we looked like when she left to go home.

Reading Music of the Day


Body So Full Head So Empty

collage ensemble by Vivian Felsen


A Parting of the Ways



Year Ending and Beginning


 

We seem to organize our lives into years.

Time lines, running parallel until they don't

a sudden turn in direction sometimes takes us

where we can't imagine going

and every new year we commit to being better

a noble resolution we hope to live up to

falling down,

standing up again

some semblance of structure that we can measure ourselves against,

a path to follow.