Information and images from recent exhibitions.
Natural Alchemy Cityscape Community ArtSpace | March 22 - May 4, 2019
Natural Alchemy contemplates the forces and cycles present that help shape our environment. The earth is ever-changing, and the work in this exhibition documents the intersection where natural materials meet, how they affect each other, and how they can challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral.
Presenting artists Willoughby Arevalo, Katherine Duclos, Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz incorporate organic and plant-based materials, as well as natural processes to help shape the outcomes of their compositions. Through painting, printmaking, installation and photography this exhibition highlights the beauty, connectivity and impermanence of the biosphere and geosphere, helping us to understand how growth, decay, and geological processes play a vital role in shaping our environment. https://northvanarts.ca/events-exhibitions/natural-alchemy/
Collected Process, my last show at The Kube in Gibsons BC closed on Feb 27th. See below for install images.
Collected Process examines elements of Katherine’s artistic practice, which includes the
collection and documentation of natural objects that inspire her, as well as the collection and
reworking of process materials and scraps in order to create something new. The work on
panels were all created in January of 2019 as Katherine experimented with a new process of
collage and mounting. Each element was taken from a previous work or paint palette, carrying
with it the memory of the previous piece or series.
While her work is constantly shifting as she responds to her materials and environment, there is
always an attachment to nature and place that began with childhood collections of objects
found outside and the fantastical worlds they inspired in her imagination. Memories of
intangibles like mood, atmosphere, and weather get collected along with the objects. Each item
is always connected to the place in which it was found; the memory of how and when and why
it ended up in Katherine’s hand, embedded in its weight and remembered each time it was
Her environment plays an integral role in what she notices, documents, collects and then
abstracts in her work. Since moving from New York City to Vancouver in late 2017 her ability to
regularly interact with both forest and coastal environments has redirected her interests and
work a great deal. This exhibition reflects this major change of scenery, a desire to repurpose
and use materials in a new way, and am embrace of new trajectories.