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We are working on the exhibit 'Learning to Float'.
This is not necessarily referring to swimming or flying
but more as a way of being.
To do the work I am asked to be honest about my own experience.
I realized at this time floating seems impossible
but what if I have something to support me.
This piece is my way of teaching myself how to float.
We decided that what we want most today is to be able to focus on a single project and to see it proceed towards completion.
This photo is a perfect example of unfocused. It is also very beautiful and evocative because of its blurred edges and sense of movement. It is fun to see in many different ways, and to approach our projects from many different angles. That is creativity.
Today we are reassembling frames and stretching canvas over them making beautiful forms to paint on. The process requires attention, evenness of strength and exactness. Making them our selves feels very different from buying them ready made. There is a sense of satisfaction in the form itself.
We have not even considered the paintings which may appear on them.
It is very different experience making installations with forms and then trying to paint or draw them.
I would say that the act of painting is one of seeing and it allows us to discover something new.
It is a way of engaging with the forms in the intimate and also limited, space of the canvas.
Something of a conundrum.
We can easily make the close up, such as this screen disappear, just by focusing on what is distant. It is fun to experiment with all the different ways we can look at our surroundings and to notice the habitual ways we have of seeing. I have noticed that whenever I change my perspective new possibilities open up that I could not have imagined before.
In the process of 'f i n d i n g f o r m', the exhibit now in the Genesis Gallery on the main floor, we introduced 'the egg' as a form which perfectly contains potential. This form has become the central theme in the Collage Gallery which we began hanging today. This exhibit is entitled 'e g g x a g e r a t e d p o t e n t i a l'
and these are two of the new pieces.
This house began as a collage (shown in our August 29 blog) Sae began building it as a three dimensional form on the same day that I was introduced to the painting (shown in detail below), by Allen Egan. His painting is further inspiring its evolution.
We welcome a new artist into the fold,
Allen Egan is the artist of these two new acquisitions,
which seem already to be part of the conversation begun here in August.
Allen was showing his very inspired work at the Cabbagetown Festival this past weekend. We are hoping for further collaboration.
You can visit his web site eganacci.wixsite.com/allen-egan-paintings
I have built my house
out of pieces of my life
old and new.
The pieces fit together
sometimes in strange ways
leaning a little to the left
or to the right.
Behind the walls and windows
lives a theatre of characters,
performing a dramatic balancing act.
We are in love.
Watching this being move and surface, swim close and look unblinkingly at us inspires a long slow outbreath. I guess we just can't help but tune ourselves to its rhythm,
unhurried, steady and perfectly content in the world that s/he is immersed in.
On our Thursday hunt we met our friend Joachim on the street and asked him if he knew where we could find an old slide projector. He replied that he had one in his basement and would bring it to the gallery on Tuesday. He did. The metronome has also been added and wound up to keep an even, steady pulse. These are the latest installments to the theater, newly named 'Theater of Perpetual Motion and Continuous Surprise'.
This is something of a tall story, clouds can't really be grumpy and balls aren't usually as big as cows.
But for the best part of the day I seemed to be under a little cloud and I was definitely grumpy.
Now the cloud is the best new edition to the 'theatre'.
Bad moods can sometimes be an inspiration.
Today is a day for building things. Small things like bird legs and wings and a little bird body
and big things like a porch pillar, cutting lengths of wood with a table saw.
There is something the same about these projects,
the concentration and figuring how to bring about balance and strength in the form.
But such a different scale. One requires much moving and the other a certain stillness.
Each project came to the same point of completion at the same time. Each one requires a finishing layer.
An interesting parallel story.
This was today.
This photograph inspires curiosity. What is it?
This question does not need an answer. It does not require a history or a story made up about its significance.
It is simply a form of a particular color and shape, placed in a context and framed by the eye and camera's lens.
Not everything created needs to be explained. Surprise and mystery can quiet a busy mind.
For the past year we have been exhibiting different bodies of work by Daniel Hanequand.
This Saturday we are holding a closing reception where we will make available for viewing all of the work from those exhibits.
It will be the last chance to see these works in this format. We welcome you to attend between 2 and 5:30 pm.
For the last week we have been preparing the Collage Gallery for the next exhibition
'l o o k i n g a t p e t e' , reception to be held this Saturday 8th of July, 2:00 - 5:30pm.
Peter Corr (pietdesnapp) has photographed people throughout his life, people who he recognizes as having an affinity for, people who can also see him. There is an agreement between him and his subject, a mutual regarding.
In this exhibit we are introduced to Pete the photographer and to some of the characters he has met in his life as they appear through the lens of his camera, (as seen above).