Thursday, December 03, 2009

"Silver" exhibition Opening at Diane Farris Tonight. New collages from Berlin.

December 3 – 23
Artist Reception: December 3, 2009, 6 – 8 pm

Diane Farris Gallery ends 2009 with a lot to celebrate. In its 25th Anniversary year, the gallery has the same energy that first made it an exciting new art venue in 1984. The gallery continues the tradition of introducing new artists to Vancouver while featuring the best of those who have been part of its cast since the beginning. Silver presents both large and small-scale artworks by gallery artists Shannon Belkin, Dale Chihuly, Judith Currelly, John Dennison, Angela Grossmann, Kathryn Jacobi, Nick Lepard and Wil Murray.

Silver also welcomes two new sculptors to the gallery: internationally-acclaimed New York artist Ilan Averbuch and Seattle-based sculptor Joseph McDonnell. Ilan Averbuch is well-known for massive outdoor pieces composed of granite, stone, lead and wood beams. They are truly fantastic in nature and in scope. Two drawings in this exhibit demonstrate his mastery of spatial balance as well as his playful, ironic nature. In the courtyard, two major works by Seattle artist Joseph McDonnell introduce his dramatic, almost Cubist sculptures of metal and granite. Their pit-marked, weathered surfaces and teetering forms capture a sense of ancient, primordial symbols and lost civilizations.

New paintings by Shannon Belkin, Judith Currelly and Angela Grossmann are featured along with works on paper by Wil Murray, Nick Lepard, Kathryn Jacobi and John Dennison. Murray’s popular collages juxtapose images from National Geographic magazines with photographs of his paintings in maquette-like compositions. Kathryn Jacobi shows prints from her Baby series, while Nick Lepard presents charcoal drawings done as studies for his large oil portraits. Currelly’s large-scale work on wood panel depicts a polar bear reigning over a frozen landscape. At the feminine extreme of the exhibit, Vancouver painter Shannon Belkin has created a lovely soft study of dogs on a plush pink pillow.

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