Brain Harvey - Sense of Place

We've walked through similar streets; places that remind us of our past, of where we are going or would like to go. New urban landscapes by Brian Harvey capture the light, stories and street scenes of Toronto, Ottawa, Lisbon and France. 

April 26 - May 13th, 2016

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August Features: Erin's Gallery Picks

With the long, drawn out heat of late summer upon us, days seems to blur and mingle in their slower pace of relaxation before the inevitable cacophony of Autumn bustle appears. This season for me has brought with it a rejuvenating feeling, and I’m feeling my creative energies ignited and malleable. This flare for new artistic journeys and productivity is my inspiration for my August Picks. 

 Claire Desjardins,  Time Travel , acrylic on canvas, 60" x 60"

Claire Desjardins, Time Travel, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 60"

Claire Desjardins’ abstraction in her newest body of work, summerCRUSH, allows space for the viewer to reflect on their own memories and emotions of the Summer season. Juxtaposing feelings of hope and nervousness at a seemingly endless flow of adventure and new potential create butterflies that rise deep from the gut and into fumbling throat, biting at the chance to make grand declarations, to feel invincible. 

 Lori Richards,  Lakeside Ramble , acrylic on panel, 48" x 36"

Lori Richards, Lakeside Ramble, acrylic on panel, 48" x 36"

 

A brief summer roadtrip to Ontario’s Prince Edward County had me revisiting the varied flora and rural magnetism of the province’s south-eastern region. This attraction to the quilted farmland and dynamic ecosystems makes me recall the respect and admiration Kingston-based artist Lori Richards feels for her surroundings and how she brings that to life in her paintings. Richards uses the viscous texture of acrylics to apply many thin, yet lively, layers of colours and shapes mimicking the verdant fields of milkweed, lobelia, asters, and wild grasses. 

 Paul Wing,  Blueberry Kiosk , photograph on rag paper, 11" x 11"

Paul Wing, Blueberry Kiosk, photograph on rag paper, 11" x 11"

Continuing on the theme of roadtrips, Paul Wing’s Polaroid-like shot of a highway blueberry and pie stand shows quintessential iconography of youthful Canadian summers. Ontario fruit growing seasons are so brief, you could blink and miss it entirely, just like this sunny shack on the side of the road.

 Dominique Normand,  The Flow of Life , acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"

Dominique Normand, The Flow of Life, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"

Normand’s work evokes familiar, yet powerful, imagery and builds on these scenes with vibrant contemporary colour palettes. I find her work both refreshing and humble in their representations of her surroundings in the Laurentians of Quebec. Dominique Normand is a Metis member of the Maliseet First Nations band, and her subject matter ranges from landscapes, portraits, and abstract works reflecting the beauty in her surroundings.  

 Brian Harvey, Dundas St. E., oil on panel, 40" x 30"

Brian Harvey, Dundas St. E., oil on panel, 40" x 30"

To me, this piece shows the multitude of feelings that exploring a city can evoke. In every sign, brick, doorway and street there are overlapping histories of hundreds of voices, some familiar, some to be never known but that contribute to how we grow individually and collectively nonetheless. 

Summertime 2016 at WALL SPACE Gallery

Summer has made its presence known, and we have great exhibitions on offer to get you out of the heat and into the gallery!

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

MAT DUBÉ: LAND LOCKED   &   STEWART JONES: URBAN COUTURE    |    ON UNTIL JUNE 26, 2016

Stop by this week to experience the envisioned psychologies of local, multi-media artist, Mat Dubé, and bold urban landscapes by oil painter, Stewart Jones.  Read more about the shows here, and check out available works by Dubé and Jones.


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

FROM JUNE 29 – JULY 20th, 2016

CLAIRE DESJARDINS: THE SECRETS WE KEEP

In her latest solo exhibition, The Secrets We Keep, Quebec abstract expressionist artist, Claire Desjardins, bares all in gestural paintings featuring animated brush strokes and her signature bold and lively palettes. Each of the paintings is personal and unpredictable, guided by feelings identified in a specific moment, sentiment, or reaction. Viewers can identify with the artist’s expressions that serve as a replacement for lost words. You can read more about Claire Desjardins on the events page or read her latest feature in Ottawa Citizen Style Magazine.

Opening reception, June 29th from 5-7 PM.
Artist's talk, July 6th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at WALL SPACE Gallery in Westboro. RSVP to:  responses@wallspacegallery.ca

Here is a sneak peek of some of the upcoming paintings:

 

MARNEY McDIARMID: THE GARDEN GROWING ON WITHIN US

Kingston ceramicist Marney McDiarmid explores a new type of captivating vessel in The Garden Growing On Within Us. McDiarmid creates striking pieces out of porcelain with lush, graphic imagery and finely crafted details. A narrative emerges, influenced by concepts of growth, decay, and regeneration. In the artist's words,   “A garden can overtake you, nourish you, or provide a place to hide.”

 

NEW Artworks & jewellery

In addition to some great shows, new works have arrived from Erica Hawkes, Stephen Frew, Peter Colbert, Lirical Jewellery, Tai Knots, and Kathryn Rebecca! Visit the gallery to see all of the beautiful new offerings.