For immediate release: Summer & Fall Exhibitions at Bau-Xi Galleries
Bau-Xi Gallery & Bau-Xi Photo in Toronto have significant exhibitions coming up for Summer/Fall 2013. Please see information below for details.
August 10 – 24, 2013: Vicki Smith
Show Title: Under A Brighter Sky
Vicki Smith is well known for her paintings of the female figure. Smith’s work explores the possibilities and limitations of gravity – most recently through the depiction of figures in water. While often playful, the subjects move through their aquatic world with serenity and confidence. Smith studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1981 with honours. Her 4th year of study was completed in Florence, Italy. Vicki Smith’s work has been placed in numerous private collections in North America, Australia, and Europe. She currently works and resides in Toronto, Ontario.
August 10 – 24, 2013: Brent Boechler
Show Title: Abstraction and the Implacable Gaze
Brent Boechler is a self-taught artist whose approach to his work is highly process driven, relying on a balance of chance and intuition to create multi-layered paintings. In his newest exhibition ‘Abstraction and the Implacable Gaze’, Boechler is using carbon black paint on white panels in order to reference his interest in vintage black and white photographic portraits that helped to inspire this series. The inclusion of light in each piece is thoughtfully determined by how much he has allowed the white panel to show through the layers of black paint. To counter, and perhaps mitigate the monochromatic foundations of the paintings, both heavily-saturated, as well as semi-transparent colour cells, hover and float in and out of the picture plane. Brent Boechler’s work is found in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
September 14 – 28, 2013: Tom Campbell
Show title: Elemental Excursions
Tom Campbell’s paintings show glimpses of daily life, snapshots of moments in time. The figures in his paintings take on an almost sculptural form, while we observe them in stage-like landscapes. In his newest series, Elemental Excursions, Campbell continues to depict human actions and moments of everyday life. While previously his work focused on the representation of life in the city, this new body of work is concerned with the rituals that human beings participate in when reconnecting with nature. While exploring the human relationship to elemental components, such as rock, water, fire and forest, Campbell is portraying Canadians ‘getting back to the land’. There is a timeless quality to his work that is contrasted with the contemporary commonplace circumstances that are depicted.
September 14 – 28, 2013, Upper Gallery: Frederick Hagan
Show title: Lakeside Summers
Frederick Hagan’s career as a painter, lithographer, watercolourist, and art instructor spanned more than seven decades and inspired generations of emerging young artists. He is not specifically affiliated with a particular art movement or school of thought, but rather his work has been described as autobiographical. Hagan’s long and impressive career has awarded him placement in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and many other important collections. Frederick Hagan passed away September 6, 2003 at age 85.
September 14 – 28, 2013: Barbara Cole
Show title: Multiples
Barbara Cole is a self-taught photographic artist who has built an extraordinary career in image making since beginning her practice in the 1980s. Best known for her still images and her lenticular photographs of figures underwater, Cole harnesses the medium of water as a natural lens which refocuses and reinterprets a painterly aesthetic. Inspired by its inherent reflective quality, the underwater environment becomes a means through which to challenge our perception of the figure in space. In her fifth underwater series, ‘Multiples,’ each image represents a figurative kaleidoscope, achieved through the weightlessness of water and the opposing reflections that are naturally created on its surface. Barbara Cole’s artwork is extensively collected by both public and private institutions, and has been exhibited worldwide in such venues as the Canadian embassies in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan.
October 3 – 17, 2013: Ted Fullerton
Show title: Autumn’s Fall
Ted Fullerton graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1976. In 1993 and 1994, he was artist-in-residence at Cape Dorset, and at Canadore College in North Bay. Fullerton works in contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture, and has achieved numerous awards such as the Juror’s Award in the CIM Centennial Art Competition and the Boston Printmaker’s Juried Exhibition award. His significant sculpture commissions are for the City of Kitchener and the Davenport Architectural Corp. He has exhibited across Canada as well as in England, Australia, Spain and Yugoslavia.
October 3 – 17, 2013, Upper Gallery: Tracey Tarling
Tracey Tarling studied painting and sculpture at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. For the last several years, Tarling has been working on a series of paintings and monotypes that reflect her interest in transformation, passages and regrowth. Using oil and plaster on wood, in an age-old technique, her surfaces suggest ethereal landscape of trees, leaves and rock… life cycles and watery curves. Fragile botanical fragments float and decay in the process of rejuvenation. Black marks heavily weighted in charcoal and graphite are sanded and scratched, with reference to process, struggle, and hope.
October 5 – 19, 2013: David Leventi
Show title: Palazzi
As an encore to his renowned opera house series ‘Bjoerling’s Larynx’, New York-based photographer David Leventi presents a new body of work documenting the interiors of palatial residences on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. In ‘Palazzi,’ Leventi captures the allure of these private spaces by enticing the viewer with privileged glimpses of the opulent décor and rich furnishings within the historic buildings. Using only the diffused light from the windows to illuminate each scene, these grandiose social spaces are rendered quiet and empty; the contents of the palazzi become hauntingly beautiful personifications of the Venetian aristocracy who are notably absent from each room. Leventi’s photography has been widely published in Culture + Travel, Vanity Fair, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, BlackBook, Travel & Leisure, Best Life, Forbes, I.D. Magazine, New York and LIFE Magazine.
October 19 – 31, 2013: Bratsa Bonifacho
Internationally acclaimed artist Bratsa Bonifacho continues with his signature use of fragmented words, numbers and symbols in this collection of brightly coloured, richly textured canvases. These verbal collages recall the ‘cut-up method’ poetry of the Dadaists and Beat poets, and invite viewers to find harmony in the vibrant cacophony. Bratsa Bonifacho earned his MFA from the University of Belgrade in 1965 and immigrated to Canada from Europe in 1973. His abstract works are heavily textured and deep with layers of vivid colour. This internationally recognized artist has a consistent presence in Canada’s, and Europe’s art scene, and his works are found in private, corporate, and public collections across Canada and around the world.
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