Monday, October 10, 2016

EXPAND - Carole Thompson at XChanges Gallery by Mary-ellen Threadkell

Traveling with artist Carole Thompson I went through spaces in her new work I never had been before yet somehow found familiar. As the viewer/traveler, I was gently shifted into the cosmos where the artist's vision of the fundamental nature of existence is revealed.

Viewing the work I felt rhythms, frequencies and patterns emanating from it; an underlying pattern of forms constantly changing or morphing into others as in a choreographed dance or symphony with multiple movements. Just as Matter’s waves are spaced at intervals corresponding to the frets on a harp or guitar the viewer may well experience the musical harmony in her work while travelling through it. Colours too have their own frequencies and patterns and clearly the artist is highly sensitive to those. Although making order out of chaos is common to many artists' practises, the use of aspects of sacred geometry is obviously paramount in creating this body of work. The chaos one encounters at first because of the magnitude of the artist's works is at the same time mysteriously calming. There is enough space to pause, consider and adjust to the whole. The molecular formations found in Matter from crystals to the atom or the cells found in water, plants and you and I are vital in her search for meaning behind the impermanence of anything that could remain static. Her imagery encompasses the energies that are the constant in the evolution of her subject – Expand.

Sacred geometry is evident not only on a microscopic scale but on the macroscopic as well. The Artist takes us through this evolutionary journey and captures the constants that are within it. Finding balance within impermanence has been her theme through non-linear time and multi-dimensional realities. She is an energy traveler as is evidenced by her strong personal connection of being sensitive to the energies she encounters along the way and the interaction or positioning of them in relation to each other. These energies are evoked in the use high key colour and in the multi transparencies which reveal an inner connectedness of her voyages. Her use of a grid system within this series creates intersections of time and space which take the viewer through many layers and in a multitude of directions. Although not mapping per se, the grid enables reassuring boundaries of activity that enables pathways throughout the work without diminishing the surprises.

The Expanding Field Series is powerful. As the universe is constantly expanding and revealing to us its new wonders, Carole Thompson's work takes us to new horizons and makes us thirst for the next. There are many horizons to experience in this body of work.

Expand is showing at Xchanges gallery and Studios from October 7 to 23, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm, or by appointment.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Lindsay Delaronde at Legacy Art Gallery


Lindsay Delaronde

 In Defiance

October 8, 2016 to January 7, 2017 
opening night: Friday Oct.21,2016 @ 7 pm 

The exhibition premiering at the University of Victoria's Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, IN DEFIANCE emerges from Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde's photographic project entitled Squaw. This project, in utter defiance to that negative word long often used to denigrate Indigenous women, seeks to break down the stereotypes. These individual portraits dismantle the negative stereotypes of First Nations women by allowing the individuals to portray themselves more authentically reflecting truth of diversity, power, and respect.

Luke Garrison - Evan Locke at Polychrome Fine Art

And Now for Something Completely Different .. at the Massey Gallery - AGGV -

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Heather Midori Yamada - October 2016 - Artist of the month

Utsuru/ Shift

Heather Midori Yamada is a visual artist and teacher who works with Japanese `washi’ papers in banners, collage and installations and mixed media canvas works.

A recent Victoria arrival, Heather shares her love of colour and texture with Japanese washis in workshops which explore calligraphic brushwork with ink and watercolour, hand tinting, pouring and patterning on a variety of Japanese and other Asian papers using acrylics and textural mediums.

Heather’s inspirations include meditation and yoga practices as well as Japanese floral arranging- ikebana from the Sogetsu school.  Heather returns to Montreal to study with her 92 year old master, Watanabe Sensei. Heather teaches annually at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,  with Au Papier Japonais, and at an annual creativity retreat at Auberge La Mara in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Following three studio moves from Montreal, Heather looks forward to ‘staying put’ from fall onwards to deepen her connection to the beauty of Victoria, in order to enhance her personal and creative life. Stay tuned for information regarding International Creativity Retreats which are on the horizon and all are welcome…
Heather joined the Gage Gallery Collective in December of 2015 with pleasure, excitement and respect for her fellow ‘Gagers”. 

Hahagokoro series II

Shifting Plain series #I