730 - 11th Avenue SW.
Calgary, AB, T2R 0E4
Year Established: 1992
Jack Bush: 1909- 1977
Gershon Iskowitz: 1921- 1988
Marie Lannoo: In the Dirt with Eyes on the Stars
5/11/2013 - 6/29/2013
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Marie Lannoo.
A process driven artist, Lannoo paints with a particular interest in experimenting with her materials and color patterns within the field of abstraction. Her work emphasizes materiality through layers of high gloss transparent paint that becomes responsive to its surroundings. In the exhibition, In the Dirt with Eyes on the Stars, she has introduced a new material made of powdered minerals and resin and added folding as a strategy to articulate space. Where layering suggests depth and luminosity, folding articulates dimensionality. These folding and color strategies are integrated into a framework that further accentuates the dimensional component of this work.
Roald Nasgaard makes the following comments in "Marie Lannoo's Existence Art", which is included in the catalogue for "Through and Through and Through", which exhibited at Mendel Gallery in 2010:
"Lannoo's work draws the viewer deep into internal illusions replete with reflected invasions from the external world. At the same time, it reaches out to embrace and enfold itself around the body of the viewer, who sees the world as if with eyes in the back of his/her head...Lannoo significantly sheds her means of physical presence in favour of transparency and luminosity, for materials with a capacity to hold, radiate and reflect light, mirroring the world as well as reanimating it with colour."
Lannoo was born in 1954 in Delhi, Ontario. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and studied painting at the Banff School of Arts as well as in Virton, Belgium. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Canada including a solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, and internationally. The Government of Alberta, Canada Council Art Bank, University of Saskatchewan and many more have purchased Lannoo's work.
William Perehudoff: 1918 - 2013
4/6/2013 - 5/9/2013
"My paintings carry no other message but the surprise, spontaneity and optimism of colour." (1)
-William Perehudoff, on his own paintings, 1967.
Born in Saskatoon in 1918, William Perehudoff's artistic career spanned more than seven decades.Perehudoff exhibited in major international cities including London, Paris, New York, Toronto and Chicago. His paintings are housed in the collections of prestigious Canadian institutions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Civilization, as well as notable private and corporate collections and foundations. Perehudoff was a member of the Order of Canada and the Royal Academy of Art, held an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Regina, received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Beginning his career in the early 1940s, Perehudoff carried on a dialogue with both American colour field and European abstract movements. By 1949, he was studying in New York with Amédéé Ozenfant, who founded the Purist Movement c.1918 with Le Corbusier. Another shift in Perehudoff's paintings took place after meeting Clement Greenberg in 1962. Greenberg, known for 'Greenbergian principals' in the 50's and 60's, was the most important art critic of the New York School of Painting.Meetings with Greenberg in New York and at the Emma Lake Workshops in Saskatchewan contributed to Perehudoff's focus on formalist abstraction.
In The Globe and Mail, Alan Hustak states, "Mr. Perehudoff's career got a boost when Mr. Greenberg declared that his work ranked with that of Jack Bush, who was then the leading Canadian expressionist." (2) Most recently, "The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective" opened at the Mendel Art Gallery in October 2010 and toured across Canada for two years with exhibitions at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON and the Kamloops Art Gallery.This exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated book, "The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective" with essays by curators Roald Nasgaard, Karen Wilkin and artist Robert Christie.
William Perehudoff's paintings are described by esteemed NYC art critic Karen Wilkin:
"Perehudoff's abstractions (…) are self-evidently autonomous constructions in the language of paint, deliberately detached from explicit reference. Their aim is plainly not to replicate appearances but rather to stir our emotions through wordless relationships of colour, eloquent intervals, thoughtfully deployed shapes, and nuanced surfaces." (3)
Newzones is honoured to present five decades of paintings to mark and celebrate William's life and exemplary career.
(1) Eleven Saskatchewan Artists, intro. By John Climer [Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 1976], n.p.
(2) Alan Hustak, "From wheat fields to colour fields", The Globe and Mail, Thursday, March 14, 2013, Obituaries, S6
(3) Karen Wilkin, "William Perehudoff: The Evolution of an Artist", The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective" (Saskatoon, Mendel Art Gallery, 2010), 15