Tim Schouten's "Spirit Lake Project"

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Opening Night: March 7, 7:00 pm
On Display: March 7 - 31, 2014

Tim Schouten’s 2014 exhibit at Gurevich Fine Art Spirit Lake Project is a continuation of his work from the ongoing Songs from Spirit Lake collaboration, started in 2010. It is a series of encaustic paintings reflecting on contemporary life on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. 

In 2010 Schouten was commissioned by the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, ND to create a series of paintings reflecting on contemporary life on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. He was one of six native and non-native artists engaged for this project by Laurel Rueter, Director and Curator of the museum. Laurel, a non-native, grew up on the reservation. Her brother Russ, to this day lives and farms on the reservation on allotted land.

Schouten was invited to this project on the reputation of his Treaty Lands Project. Ongoing for ten years the project reflects on the nature of landscape, history and the Numbered Treaties in Canada’s Central regions.

Songs for Spirit Lake was first exhibited at the Rauschenberg Project Space in New York City and at then at Cankdeska Cikana Community College on the Spirit Lake Reservation to excellent reviews. The show is now on view at North Dakota Museum of Art until April 27, 2014.

Schouten spent the past four years travelling to Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and living off and on there for short periods getting to know people and searching for ways into this project as a non-native Canadian artist. He had never lived on or even visited an American reservation before. He had only a passing knowledge of American politics, history and geography and the American Indian Movement.

Schouten’s encaustic pieces are unflinching and determined in their presentation. Typographic and landscape works highlight his experience of how life is lived today, stripping away nostalgia, racism, and history-based anger. The work considers the joys as well as the difficulties faced by northern reservation inhabitants. His large encaustic paintings survey the Spirit Lake Reservation’s Northern Plains country. It is this contrast that makes Schouten’s work illuminating and heartbreaking at the same time.

“Before Songs for Spirit Lake no contemporary art had ever been created on or about Spirit Lake,” explains Laurel Rueter. Schouten’s pieces attempt to depict the people and their patterns of intermingling the past and present through art. The exhibit invites a new, broad audience to engage with the voices and traditions of the Spirit Lake community as viewed through his eyes.

More info about Songs for Spirit Lake here.


Work from The Spirit Lake Project

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Toby Bartlett in collaboration with Rylaan Gimby, "DVD Family"

Nowhere is the impact of new technology on relationships more noticeable than in the family. We have entered the age where children and adults are hypnotized by the screens of their personal devices. Paradoxically, we are connecting more than ever online while our face to face connections dwindle. Family conversations take place through threads of texts messages. Artist Toby Bartlett’s DVD Family is the startling examination of our digital relationships. 

In DVD Family, Bartlett collaborates with video artist Rylaan Gimby to examine the growing divide among families due to the increased use of technology.  Bartlett has created videos of a fictitious family. If you want to talk to Grandma – insert her disk. She’ll tell you stories and comfort you with grandmotherly advice. No need for her to be present. The exhibit points a disquieting finger at our absorption in technology and how by its very nature it shapes the way we communicate with others.

DVD Family explores the disturbing trend of people attempting to counteract this growing divide not with face-to-face communication, but by joining their family conversation in cyberspace. With DVD Family Bartlett wonders if we are pressing Accept in the digital family download without reading the Terms & Conditions?

Christian Worthington's "Three"

Worthington summons old masters to create modern spirituality

In his new exhibit Three, Christian Worthington makes a bold and decisive move to redefine modern spirituality. His innovative forms and multiple mediums emphasize individual piety. The art pulls the viewer’s focus in unexpected directions, creating a new way of seeing his subjects. In so doing, Three becomes a post-modern interpretation of the sacred. The exhibit opens November 28, 2013 at 7:00PM. Worthington will be in attendance.

Worthington’s command of realism, underpins the exhibit. His expressive oil and acrylic brush strokes make his abstract offerings subtlety dynamic. Large drawings take off from his usual studied realism using rough oil-bar with deceptive simplicity. The sculptures are a new exploration using techniques he mastered in painting and drawing to produce works of subtle beauty.

Three investigates the potentials of form to achieve its purpose. “I don't ‘express myself,” states Worthington. “Rather I pay close attention to what the piece is pulling out of me, what the forms are communicating."

Using historical techniques of drawing, painting and sculpture concurrently, he crosses the boundaries of tradition infusing each piece with all three elements. The strength of his art is increased by a vivid interior insight and spiritual awareness. Worthington challenges our preconceived notions of the sacred and profane to give us something new.

Artist Statement

Christian Worthington’s practice is a testament to the dexterity of form, and its capacity to prompt complex psychological and emotional responses within the viewer.

"I watch the picture make itself. I want to see it do something I could not have anticipated. I only step in when the piece wanders off and threatens to annihilate itself.

I don't "express my self", rather I pay close attention to what the piece is pulling out of me, what the forms are communicating."

To this, CW unveils a diverse exhibition reflecting a serious investigation into the potentialities of form that concurrently cross three historical art techniques:

Painting.
CW continues to hybridize abstraction and the figurative, typically incorporating themes from art history, assuming specific painterly styles that are purposely blurred to create a tension amid the material and immaterial. His catechetical study of the Masters mines early investigations into the technology of painting, dredging the dramatic depths and realism of the Renaissance, to the ephemeral purity and idealism of the Abstractionists.


Drawings.
These large-scale drawings, measuring up to 9x5 feet, are delineated and evolve in less than 20 minutes apiece. The speed in which they are created emphasizes a striking balance between the subject represented and the graphic quality of the lines themselves. Achieving a large-scale "sketch", CW achieves a blend of classic historical composition with the intense graphic action influenced by the Modern Nueue Wilde artists, notably Martin Disler, who composed in quick and expressive strokes.

Relief Sculpture.
CW’s sculpture, done in low relief, retains his painterly quality, but still represents to the artist a means to embrace the ancient practice of creating from clay- of molding forms from earth and water.

"For me, oils bring you back to the 14th Century. Clay brings you back to the first moments of human creation."

GFA invites you to experience some of the excitement to which Christian Worthington has shown great consideration over the past months of creation, of one image informing another. He hopes to enliven the audience to the highs and experiences of discovering and channeling ancient ideas into form.

Here & Now by Aliana Au

Opening Night: November 1, 2013, 7:00PM
Exhibit: Nov 1 - 23, 2013

Aliana Au’s landscapes are measured prayers. Working in a free, fluid manner bereft of controlling lines, her brushstrokes create realities seemingly devoid of time and change. Au has no qualms about letting areas of canvas show. In an impressionistic effort, she employs free space to evoke the light and transparency of each piece in a poetic fragility.

Use of colour and space meet and then dissipate to create the feeling of timelessness. The juxtaposed touches of color and canvas are woven together with short brushstrokes. Applied with delicate daubs of paint they speak to her journey to discover places unspoilt.

Effortlessly, Au embraces an intuitive but meticulous style that is in search of harmony rather than a strict replica of reality. She seeks to return to her canvas each time a different person, completing small sections of each work over long periods of time. Painting is essentially a conversation with time. The landscapes are her tribute to the few places left untouched by the hand or foot of man. It is this unity of reflection and time that allows Au’s paintings to project the sense of eternity that she seeks.

 

Artist Statement

In landscape painting, I am searching for a time and place untouched by man. An artist draws from his/her life experience and his/her deep well of memories or core thoughts that are unwashed by time. I was born in a small village and grew-up in the country-side of southern China, near Guangzhou. My memory of this place was a poetic and magical one. When I traveled back years later, I could not find the place where I had attended school. The house that I used to live-in has been replaced with a high rise. Where there used to be a river, it is now a brick layered canal. There is so much wealth. Where is the wild natural beauty? What happen to it?

In recent years during my travel, I was so drawn to places where man had left nature untouched or tried to exist in harmony. Living in Canada, I am keenly aware of our vast, valuable, and unspoiled nature. My paintings are prayers for the future of these places and their habitat.

Visit Aliana Au's Artist Page for more information.  

 

Aliana Au, Nature's Garden, Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 51"

Aliana Au, Nature's Garden, Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 51"

Early Drawings by Eva Stubbs

Eva Stubbs in her studio, 2010, photograph by Andrew Sikorsky

Eva Stubbs in her studio, 2010, photograph by Andrew Sikorsky

After more than 52 years of artistic achievement and dedication to the art world Eva Stubbs will open her final exhibit, Early Drawings, at Gurevich Fine Art on October 4, 2013. The exhibit will feature a selection of Stubbs’ timeless works on paper. Early Drawings will run until October 26, 2013. Stubbs will attend the opening night reception. 

Eva Stubbs’ drawings penetrate the depth of the human condition. Her use of multiple mediums, from pen and ink to charcoal and oil stick showcase extraordinary range. Her powerful expressions show an honest balance between vulnerability and strength. The strong gestural lines of the figures in Stubbs' works are her testament to human endurance and her understanding of the human spirit. 

Known for her expressive clay work Stubbs’ considers her drawings to be a collection of studies in form and function. Stubbs describes her drawings as akin as playing scales for a pianist.  They allow her to rehearse. Many of Stubbs’ early representations became the catalyst for her most famous clay works. It is in the realization of Stubbs multi-dimensional work that a full appreciation of her drawings can begin.

 

The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Gurevich Fine Art Celebrate the Life and Art of Winnipeg Artist Eva Stubbs with Commission of Major Bronze Sculpture

PRESS RELEASE 

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 6, 2013 —The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and Gurevich Fine Art will join a group of art patrons to honour and celebrate the life and art of Eva Stubbs, RCA, at a private dinner party to be held in the Gurevich Gallery on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Stubbs’ studio closed in 2013 after more than 52 years of artistic achievement in various mediums including bronze, wood, stone, and clay, as well as works on paper. Her remaining works will be shown at an exhibition at Gurevich Fine Art in October.

Stubbs’ last major exhibition was presented at the WAG in 2010. At that time Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, looked to acquire a major work by Stubbs for the Gallery’s rooftop sculpture garden. The WAG has now commissioned a bronze casting of Generation to add to the five works by Stubbs already held in their collection. “Generation is one of Eva’s most significant works, and we are thrilled that it will be a legacy piece on display on our rooftop, a fitting tribute to her important body of work.”

“We’re honoured to be involved in helping recognize Eva’s enormous contribution to the cultural fabric of not our city but the world,” states Gurevich Fine Art CEO Howard Gurevich.

A tribute to Eva Stubbs will be given at the dinner by Stephen Borys and Andrew Kear, WAG Curator of Canadian Historical Art. Patrons will be seated in the gallery surrounded by Stubbs’ studio work and maquettes. 

Tickets are limited to 50 guests with donations from patrons, including ticket sales being made to the WAG for the casting and purchase of Stubbs’ bronze sculpture Generation. The WAG is applying for matching funds from the Canada Council for the Arts for the commission.

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More about the Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate for understanding and experiencing art and art-making, and their vital place in our lives, work, and society. The WAG is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary as Canada’s oldest civic art gallery.

Winnipeg Art Gallery contacts:

Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications and Marketing, 204.789.1767, communications@wag.ca

Heather Mousseau, Communications Coordinator, 204.786.6641, ext 211, communcations-coordinator@wag.ca

More about Gurevich Fine Art

Gurevich Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery that presents a broad view in regards to style with a strong emphasis on talent. The gallery is a focal point for artists and patrons at various levels to exchange visions. More information on Gurevich Fine Art is at www.gurevichfineart.com.

Gurevich Fine Art contact:

Alexandra Rohne, Communications Coordinator, 204.488.0662, arohne@gurevichfineart.com

 

Tom Lovatt: Fight

April 5th - 27th, 2013

There is no true explanation for Fight’s role in the whole of Tom Lovatt’s artistic oeuvre. It would seem a departure from his old-Master Spanish-court-painting-inspired works of recent years. His earlier studies, however, include many un-divulged drawings of boxers in fight, reflecting the internal conversation he has as a man confronted with perceptions of male identity. What might be called 'issues of masculine identity'; Lovatt now seeks to ask the question, “what is it to be a man in our society?”

In Lovatt’s observation, Sport, specifically boxing and mixed martial arts, is a major part of the entertainment industry. He is fascinated with masculine archetypes and their portrayal in the media. Lovatt questions, “do I fight because I'm a man? Or am I a man only when I fight? I couldn't do it, but does that make it wrong?”  

The dramatic presentation of hyper-masculinity depicted in sports media is what first interested the artist. In this body of work, he takes action-shots of Boxers apart, examines them, and puts them back together. It is in this interrogation of the male that Lovatt observes Boxing and MMA fighting is highly stylized and ritualized in its presentation.

The overall performance is dramatic, violent, suspenseful, and packed with action. Anticipation rises to a climax as the savage pummeling begins. When the final bloody blow is lain, the denouement, the showboating of the victor, turns to an emotional display of camaraderie: The vanquished rises, and in a complete reversal of what brutality went before, the Boxers embrace, kiss, smash gloves, and part brothers. 

Confronting the viewer with images of sport and perceived “masculinity” Fight provokes discomforting revelations about what we are accepting about masculinity and reality as viewers of popular media.

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Tom Lovatt: Fight

Winnipeg, Manitoba – March 28, 2013 – With a career spanning 40 years Tom Lovatt is one of Winnipeg’s best-known figurative artists. Lovatt’s new exhibit Fight takes his work to places many have not yet witnessed. It contains paintings and many un-divulged drawings of boxers and mixed martial artists in contest. Fight reflects the internal conversations Lovatt has confronted about perceptions of male identity. Fight opens Friday, April 5th at 7:00 P.M. and the exhibit continues to April 27th at Gurevich Fine Art.

Lovatt observes that boxing and mixed martial arts is a major part of the entertainment industry. He is fascinated with masculine archetypes and their portrayal in the media. Lovatt questions, “Do I fight because I'm a man? Or am I a man only when I fight?”

Fight provokes discomforting revelations about our perceptions of “masculinity” by confronting the viewer with images of blood sport. Adding to this interesting question is the beauty of Lovatt’s painting technique.

More about Gurevich Fine Art
Gurevich Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery that presents a broad view in regards to style with a strong emphasis on talent. The gallery is a focal point for artists and patrons at various levels to exchange visions. More information on Gurevich Fine Art is at www.gurevichfineart.com.

Contact
Alexandra Rohne
Communications

Gurevich Fine Art
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