Happy New Year from all of us here at Wall Space Gallery!
We are so thankful for everyone’s continued support in 2014 and we are excited to bring you more fantastic art this year.
[THE NEW & THE NOTEWORTHY]
This January, Wall Space is delighted to bring you vibrant new acquisitions, paired with a selection of stunning pieces from our most talked about shows and artists in 2014. Seize the opportunity for first dibs on brand new pieces, or take advantage of the reappearance of a select few of our spectacular works exhibited the past year.
As a gallery team, we are all pretty good about agreeing on art that we all like. There is no denying, however, that we are each drawn to specific artists and their work. Here is a sneak peek of some of the staff’s hits that will be featured this month:
Sharon VanStarkenburg’s works were first featured alongside several other strong and talented female artists as a part of INSPIRING CHANGE: An Exhibition Commemorating International Women’s Day. Her visually striking works challenge gender boundaries and notions of power. Each piece is chock full of allegory and metaphors that can be read-into on a very personal and visceral level – especially the Aepis Regina (“Queen Bee”) series. Multi-layered in both meaning and material, these works integrate contemporary methods with a timeless style.
Nava Waxman’s solo show in April was a feast of for the eyes, featuring a brand new series of work, Rituals. These pieces move Waxman’s work further towards abstraction, while retaining themes of regeneration, nature, and the female form, found in her earlier work. There is a sense of maturity in Waxman’s exploration of movement and the possibility of physical actions of the body transmitting meaning. Exploring new mediums such as ink, collage, and mixed media sculpture, on an intimate and grand scale, Waxman proves the strength of her philosophies and narratives in their ability to transcend any material.
A series that developed through happenstance but is perhaps one of her most interesting yet, Julia Mori put on an unexpected and unique exhibition with Natural Geometry. Mori transforms each unique piece of storm damaged wood through a strategic application of design to enhance the natural characteristics of the wood. This cutting-edge form of sculptural wall art creates a tactile attraction that seems to draw on our inherent desire to be closer to nature.
Truly a local gem, Stefan Thompson demonstrates his versatility in creating forms of art using only recycled, natural, ecologically sensitive, or hand-made materials. His works explore animalistic forms, half real, half imagined. These enigmatic figures develop an emotional interplay between the natural, the cute, the curious, and perhaps the edges of our fears. Whether “digital graffiti”, large sculptures, works done in smoke and soy-based paints, or bright beeswax crayon drawings, Stefan’s work always transforms the gallery into an unrecognizable and exciting installation space.
This October we featured the works of Dan Ryan and Laura Culic in Back Country. The series stands out from the rest for its rugged feel and fascinating encaustic medium. Culic’s wax paint provides depth, and a rich gradient of colours. Her impeccable layering technique and use of sharp tools creates a textured environment that the viewer can fully immerse themselves in. These Ontario scenes, often around Algonquin Park, offer breathtaking views and unique perspectives on places that seem both familiar and untouched. You can’t help but feel the same respect, awe, and admiration the artist feels towards nature and these landscapes.
Michelle Valberg’s solo photographic exhibition in September was one of our most highly anticipated shows since 2013 and she definitely did not disappoint. Freedom brought us images from across Canada – from Valberg’s breathtaking Arctic series, and envy-inducing Jasper landscapes, to unbelievable images of the wild horses of Sable Islands. On top of her internationally respected and visually captivating works, Michelle presented an artist’s talk that gave us riveting insight into her travels. Through her remarkable sense of adventure and courage she has been able to take us on a visual journey to some of the most awe-inspiring regions of our country.
***HONORABLE STAFF MENTION
Emerging Artists in Public Collections Exhibition
This Summer Wall Space Gallery presented a fantastic exhibition of emerging artists recently acquired by public provincial and national collections. The exhibition was a collaboration between Wall Space, collectors Glenn & Barb McInnes, and Emily McInnes of Eye Buy Art. Art critic Peter Simpson took note of the exhibition twice, and recently featured Edith Maybin’s portrait of Catrin Finch as among the most noteworthy pieces he had witnessed in 2014. Award winning artist Alex Chowaniec was a part of the Emerging Artists show and we are pleased to feature her work once again this January, with “Ouroboros II”.
Our next post will touch on the newest acquisitions received for 2015.
Be make sure to check back for updates and visit us at the gallery to see them in person!
The Wall Space Team