"We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements." --William Shakespeare
For HOLLY, playfulness is foremost from the very beginning of the creative process of fan painting. Painting "on an arc" presents other challenges than painting within a traditional format, with the laws of perspective flying out the window and a domino effect ruling instead, as the colours set down fold upon fold. Once completed and set in their own desire path, the resulting wings are free to soar with a vertical updraft or hover horizontally on a space, unrestricted either by frame or level.
GREG turns to his brushes or his camera to freeze-in scenes, shapes and colours that inspire others by bringing to the surface an empathic connection beyond canon and reasoning. Evoking emotions through creative channelling is not unfamiliar to his 28-years experience as an Art and Drama teacher, and playing with the implications behind "static movement" brings his artistic vision to a full circle.
Photography is a challenge to JAMES, one that requires the exercising and refining of his power of observation, both in seeing anew the everyday world he is used to, as well as discovering the hidden and unusual. Always moved by the mysterious quality of mundane objects to show something new, he also gets somehow unsettled by the fact that he might not have noticed it himself. This in turns fuels his engagement in "seeing" and ultimately acknowledging that conventional vision and restrained imagination only prevents from watching the spectacles of a world full of wonders.
HOLLY BRIESMASTER has exhibited her landscapes and fan paintings in several group shows (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit and Todmorden Mills in Toronto, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Varley Art Museum in Unionville), as well as solo and joint shows, including The Illuminary Art Gallery and Pteros Gallery in Toronto, McKay Art Centre in Unionville, and most recently at Gallery Hittite, Wychwood Barns, and Q Space in Toronto.
GREG WATSON is a retired High School Art and Drama Teacher who has showcased his paintings and sculptures in several group and solo shows at Arcadia Art Gallery, Toronto. A large mural of his is displayed in The North Coast Fishing Museum in British Columbia, and a 200lb limestone carving was acquired by The University of Western Ontario.
An avid photographer since the early 70's, JAMES LATROBE has participated in joint and group shows at Gallery Arcturus, City Art Gallery and others in Toronto, and has procured artwork to several institutions including Whole Village, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and Ecologos Institute. He provides services in business, portrait, event and interior design photography, and has published three photobooks: A Landscape for Living, Not for This Century, and Solitary Light.
For more information, please visit http://www.dragonwhistle.ca/
ELEMENTS art show & sale will continue until Saturday March 30th, 2013. Located at the store's mezzanine, the Origo Books Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 5:30pm.
Opening date: Saturday March 9th, 2013 at 5:00pm.