Rebecca Anweiler, Shayne Dark, Ben Darrah, Dave Gordon,
Alana Kapell, Frances Leeming, Don Maynard, Harry Symons,
Scott Wallis, Robert Wiens
June 27 - August 7, 2009
Opening Reception: June 26th, 7-9p
The Union Gallery presents Conflux, an exhibition that brings together a selection of Kingston’s established artists who are participating in a pilot project entitled, Art Shift: an Intergenerational project for creative exchange and professional development for artists. This project pairs local emerging artists with established artists in a mentorship program. It is designed to assist emerging artists in building their art practice through the development of practical and critical skills, further strengthening the artistic culture of the city. Diverse in materials, methods, and conceptual approach, the works in this exhibition offer a glimpse into the high level of accomplishment and the range of contemporary art produced in the region and serves as a meeting place and point of departure for the mentorship component of the program. Emerging artist participants include Jenny Brown, Ann Elmberg-Wright, Erin Milliken, Catherine Toews, and Kaethe Yanovsky.
The Union Gallery gratefully acknowledges support for this project from the Ontario Arts Council Visual and Media Arts Grant program, and the City of Kingston Arts Fund Project Grant program.
Rebecca Anweiler, Storm Bird II, oil on canvas, 2008
Storm birds are believed by the aboriginal peoples of different continents to foreshadow coming storms by their calls or behaviour. There are many eyewitness accounts of birds and animals migrating before seismic waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, thereby remaining unharmed by these catastrophic events. Western science does not accept the idea of a ’sixth sense’, believing instead that animals and birds have more highly developed, but known, sensory perceptions that pick up vibrations or changes in atmospheric pressure or magnetic fields to foretell coming catastrophes in a way that humans are not able to. Nonetheless, they remain unable to explain within the framework of known forms of communication the everyday extraordinary behaviour of starlings in synchronized flight.
Much of my work has involved subverting scientific bias and exposing the limitations of that field to acknowledge or incorporate research that requires a reinvention or major overhaul of existing theory. My wonder at rare experiences and terrifying acts are the defining qualities of historic attempts to paint both the horror and harmony of the visual experience of nature.
Rebecca Anweiler has a MFA in Painting from Concordia University (2000) and has received numerous awards for her work including both Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants. She has taught Drawing and Painting at Concordia University, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Queen’s University, Kingston. Anweiler exhibits regularly in Kingston, Toronto and Montreal, and her paintings are in many private and several public collections including the City of Toronto, the University of Lethbridge and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Shayne Dark, Untitled, wood, 2009
All my work is driven by the character of the material, but, essential as that physical aspect is, it is not the sculpture. For me, the sculpture lies somewhere between its clear identity as a physical thing and its psychological aspect, all that it suggests, evokes, resembles or aligns with. It is the embodiment of thoughts, feelings and attitudes.
Shayne Dark has exhibited widely both nationally & internationally, represented by Galerie Art Mûr in Montréal and the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto. He has recieved many international awards and honours, including winning an upcoming public art competition: a permanent site-specific sculpture installation for X - The Condominium public art project at Charles and Jarvis St in downtown Toronto scheduled for installation in the spring of 2010. Dark is currently working toward upcoming exhibitions at the The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Ben Darrah works in a range of media, including painting, assemblage, installation, print and photography. In addition to teaching, Darrah curates and writes about art. Darrah has a BFA degree from the University of Alberta, (1987, sculpture), a Master of Fine Arts Degree, (painting) from the University of Windsor in 1995, and, in 2008, a Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. He has been exhibiting in solo and group shows locally and extraregionally since 1995, and is represented by Gallery at 129 Ossington in Toronto.
Dave Gordon graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1966. He is a founding member of the Forest City Gallery in 1973 and of the Modern Fuel ARC (formerly K.A.A.I.) in 1976 and the Kingston School of Art. He has taught fine art at St. Lawrence College. His work is in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Museum London, the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, the MacIntosh Gallery, U.W.O. and the Canada Council Art Bank, and private collections.
Alana Kapell, Rodney and Rope, mixed media, 2007
I had the privilege of studying with one of Canada’s great colourists, Ted Godwin at the University of Regina, who said, “Whether an artist chooses to pursue landscape, still life, the figure, or whatever else, these are all just vehicles that serve to carry the real subject matter: paint.” In reference to my work, no matter what my subject matter, my prime inspiration has always been colour. Having been influenced by the New York abstract expressionist scene, my basic training was in abstract art. Upon leaving Saskatchewan I concentrated on photo realistic art subjects to improve my technique. Currently I delight in the spontaneity of laying down colour, of playing with light and texture, of arriving at a composition that works on a gut level, with a mixed medium approach. The visceral quality and scent of encaustic medium appeals in its sensuality, unpredicability and earthiness, which I also combine with digital photography, and the mosaic becomes integral to the encaustic panel. Infuenced by the cultural climate of Newfoundland, textile work though rug hooking has developed into my work. My work combines craft and fine art, with papier mache, fabrics and clay. Each work is a journey, beginning in intuition and allowing intellet to decipher the end meaning.
Alana Kapell has been a practicing artist since 1971, exhibiting at Brock Street Gallery and teaching at St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. Kapell has taught nationally, most recently in Newfoundland, and has done several artist residencies. She is a founding director of both the Organization of Kingston Women Artists and the Kingston School of Art, has been on the board of directors for Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. Currently exhibiting locally at Gallery Raymond, Kingston and the Kingston Marine Museum, Alana has exhibited nationally and is in collections of Agnes Etherington Art Center, the Peterborough Art Gallery, the Mayo Clinic, and the Canadian Embassy in Russia.
Leeming’s work has been presented and exhibited across Canada, the U.S., Britain, Poland, Cuba and Italy. Genetic Admiration (2005) won the grand prize at Images Festival in Toronto and was nominated for Best Animation at the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival. Her experimental film work is featured in Jackie Stacey’s The Cinematic Life of The Gene, forthcoming ( Duke University Press) Jennifer Fisher’s Technologies of Intuition (YYZ/MAWA/DISPLAY CULT, 2006) and her performance history appears in Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, ed.Caught in the Act -An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (YYZ Books, 2004). Leeming teaches in the Department of Film and Media, Queen’s University, Kingston.
Don Maynard, Folded Space, mixed media, 2002
I often use industrial materials to create works that address these ideas and issues. My practice involves utilizing the detritus of the modern world; I transform the cast-off material of society into work that makes reference to nature and natural phenomena. I am interested in light and the manipulation of space and form and am drawn to the aesthetic qualities intrinsic in the materials I use, so that in my work the materials have meaning in themselves both aesthetically and conceptually.
Born in Toronto in 1955 Don Maynard has exhibited across Canada and internationally. His work is in the collection of The Department of Foreign Affairs, the University of Toronto and the Canada Council Art Bank. He was the subject of a half hour segment of “Adrienne Clarkson Presents” produced by the CBC in 1998.
Harry Symons, Time Travels: Forays and escapades through Kingston's Master Cultural Plan, Mixed Media, 2009
Harry Symons graduated with a B.F.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and went on to receive a Master’s of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1986, and has lived in Montreal and Winnipeg before moving to Kingston in 2005. He has exhibited nationally, most recently at the Sandra Whitton Gallery in Kingston, and has received support from both the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council.
Scott Wallis, Untitled P.905, mixed media, 2009
Scott Wallis has been exhibiting since 1994 and has received numerous awards including Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council artist creation grants. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and is represented in Toronto by the David Kaye Gallery.
Robert Wiens, Sugar Maple, watercolour, 2005 Coutesy of the Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Sugar Maple is a four part watercolour painting depicting the trunk of a maple tree as seen from each of the cardinal compass points. Drawn from photographic source material, each view of the tree is cropped and rendered in full scale. The work is part of an on-going project of documentation, one which is intended to form a representation of the various native tree species of the eastern North American forest.
Since 1978 the work of Robert Wiens has been presented in solo and group exhibitions internationally in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, Bologna and New York. In Canada he has exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Power Plant, Toronto; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Oakville Galleries, Oakville; The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; and The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. Since 1997 his work has been concerned primarily with environmental issues; native trees being the principal subject matter of this work. He is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.