CKG is turning TEN! Toot-toot.
A tribute to our beloved artists, TEN is a survey of the incredible work they do, ranging in scale from ten inches to ten feet, in media from ceramic to encaustic. Please join us in celebrating the immense talent of our gallery artists, whom have beautified and built CKG over the last decade.
As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, it is fitting that we return to our core stable and feature one of our original and most admired painters, France Jodoin. Simply titled, Recent Works, Jodoin’s long-anticipated solo exhibition will showcase ten new oil paintings in her signature marine genre.
Artwalk Reception: Saturday September 16, 1-4 pm
CKG is pleased to welcome emerging local artist HEATHER CLOSE to the gallery.
Bridging the gap between painting and sculpture, her meticulous handcrafted assemblages made from wood, paint, felt and embroidery are lovingly crafted metaphors for the human mind, or more specifically, our memories. At once delicate and bold, her depictions of nature overtaking domestic settings reveal a powerful series of contrasts: man-made and natural; strength and vulnerability; growth and decay.
In the artists words: “This overgrowth mimics the alteration that memories go through. Every time a memory is revisited, it is changed, altered or remembered differently. Memories are affected by outside influences that change and even create new details that may not have been there to begin with.”
Heather Close holds a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design and has exhibited her work at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Pith Gallery and Studios, and Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary +15 Window Space.
Artwalk Reception: Saturday September 16, 1-4 pm
ARON HILL is a multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary known for his minimalist approach to drawing, painting, and installation. His recent graphic paintings recall aspects of minimalism and colour field painting, finding conceptual company in the late Modernist works produced particularly in Canada. Using the figure as a departure point for his compositions, Hill purposefully limits his media to acrylic ink washes on prepared raw canvas, which emphasizes the flatness of the paint and produces an illustrative quality similar to drawing or printmaking.
Hill holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design and MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and his work has been exhibited internationally.
Artwalk Reception: Saturday September 16, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm
For many years, TERESA POSYNIAK has probed complex metaphysical issues about the nature of life. What is the essence of life? Over thirty years ago, a sense of vitality and growth was conveyed through movement in sweeping lines, flowing shapes and high contrast as in Life Trilogy (I, II & III) a monumental triptych painted when she was pregnant. Here, as in Budding 1 and Budding 2, the beginnings of life are intuited, expressed in fluid visual metaphors boldly drawn in sinuous, overlapping and intertwined shapes. Posyniak’s earlier large-scale paintings are poetic incantations of the life force, a subject which continues to intrigue her.
Her art reinforces the notion that we are all interconnected, sharing the same cellular building blocks of life, revealed in the myriad, complex and beautiful patterns that comprise all microscopic life forms. In relating “the microscopic to the megascopic,” Posyniak recognizes these patterns in the visible world as well, in the lace she collages into her works, in flowers, trees, skin, clouds, stars, decorations, textiles and architecture.
For over ten years, Posyniak has been fascinated by plankton, almost invisible creatures living in the oceans, lakes and rivers that play a crucial role through photosynthesis by converting sunlight into more than half of the earth’s oxygen. They are essential to life on this planet. As an artist, Posyniak is seduced by their exquisite and infinitely varied anatomical structures as seen under the microscope. Although her imagery is based primarily on plankton, her paintings transcend their specific source to evoke broader and more universal meanings. Her art may be grounded in readings about science, but the way she paints is remarkably visceral, intuitive and passionate. It is as if she has internalized her knowledge and transformed it into pure feeling during the creative process. She “inhabits” her paintings in her imagination, vicariously feeling in her own body the ebb and flow of floating forms drifting, colliding, moving up and down, in and out, back and forth.
She starts by drawing specific plankton skeletons recreated from memory. As she spontaneously composes, other shapes and objects are introduced, prompting visual dialogues in space. Working with a variety of mediums, she creates her paintings over a period of time, building up many layers. The additive is countered by the subtractive, as she gouges, etches, and scratches into the accruing thick surface. Buried forms are at once obscured and revealed, as in a palimpsest, in a constantly changing, organic process of art creation. The paradox inherent in Posyniak’s plankton series is that scientific fact is transmuted through art and imagination into fantasy - an evocative, evolving world of infinite mystery and wonder as in the hauntingly beautiful Moon and Coccolithophores.
Similarly, Cumulus Bloom, Turquoise Bloom and Nucleus Dreams are dense, thickly-encrusted, textured, collaged, nuanced and enigmatic. By contrast, other works are more dynamic, linear, and gestural, compressing and releasing bursts of compacted energy. Microbial Graffiti is an explosive field of swirling, intense colours and overlapping lines while, in the expansive diptych The Drifters, an agitated centre teems with life forms. One senses in these works the epic struggle of life.
Monique Westra, 2017
Teresa Posyniak is an established artist based in Calgary whose work explores themes of vulnerability and resiliency in contemporary society. With a career spanning nearly 40 years, she brings to her art a versatile professional training that includes degrees in literature and drama, a BFA in painting and printmaking and a MFA in sculpture. She has worked in materials as diverse as steel, wood, concrete, handmade paper and felt, oil and encaustic, ranging in scale from room-sized installations to intimate drawings and paintings. Posyniak has always been a socially engaged artist and her activism, primarily on behalf of women, children and the environment, drives her practice.
Monique Westra is a Calgary-based independent curator, writer and artist who is well-known locally as a dynamic speaker. From 2002 to 2010, she was an art curator at the Glenbow Museum. Westra is the author of numerous publications on historical and contemporary art.
Reception: join us for our 6th Annual “So You Didn’t Get Out of Town for Stampede” Cocktail Hour Friday July 14, 5-7 pm
It’s that time of year again! CHROMA is our annual group show celebrating colour and the diversity of our artists. From hard edge abstraction to ethereal landscapes, printmaking to sculpture and everything in between, there is something for everyone in this playful summer exhibition.
Featuring artwork by Ronald Boaks, Susan Collett, Madeleine Lamont, Ulrich Panzer, Debra Van Tuinen, Verna Vogel, Kevin Boyle, Sarah Fuller, Aron Hill, France Jodoin, Chris Kuzmanovich, Alexandre Masino, Teresa Posyniak, Michael Schreiner, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, Carl White, Zane Wilcox, and Brad Woodfin
Reception: join us for our 6th Annual “So You Didn’t Get Out of Town for Stampede” Cocktail Hour Friday July 14, 5-7 pm | Artist Talk at 6:oo pm
As a genre, landscape art rose to prominence in the seventeenth-century thanks to French painters Claude Lorraine and Nicholas Poussin. Though initially relegated to the backgrounds of more important subjects, the awe-inspiring power of nature struck a chord with artists which continues to endure today. Nowadays, landscape art is so ubiquitous it is sometimes considered a trope (just think of the 59+ million #landscape tags on Instagram), so it is a rare work indeed, which sets itself apart from the crowd.
A quick glance of Blake Chorley’s black and white images could easily be misinterpreted as vintage photographs of the Canadian landscape, but closer inspection reveals much more at play. Though “printed” using a wet plate technique from the 1850s, Chorley’s ambrotypes are the result of his own invention—a mash-up of digital and analog layering techniques—which offers a fresh take on the medium and breathes new life into the landscape. The resulting images are hauntingly beautiful portraits of the land which appear almost three-dimensional due to the physical separation between the foreground and background.
Blake Chorley is an emerging artist based in Calgary. He holds a BA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from the University of Calgary, and was recently awarded First Place in the Exposure Photography Festival’s Emerging Photographer Showcase (2017). His unique photographs are the product of countless hours of study and field research spent developing an experimental process which combines digital, film, and plate photographic techniques.
"I wanted to look at photography not as three different processes, plate, film, and digital, but rather I wanted to find a way to make the evolution of photography work together as one complete process."
– Blake Chorley
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 — Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Michelle Renaud has found a way to express herself in a most inspiring and colorful way; offering a vibrant and layered palate. Her works are magical, colourful and a symbol of ability and happiness. Her pieces light up any room and captivate!
All proceeds from Michelle’s art will support Calgary Health Trust and the Foothills Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Reception: Saturday June 24th, 2-7 pm
Join us for the third annual POP-UP show celebrating figure and portrait work curated by Aaron Sidorenko. This year the show is featuring Calgary artists as well as some special guest artists from Toronto and the United States. The show is available for viewing Wednesday June 21st to Saturday June 24th.
Thu, 11 May 2017 — Sat, 17 Jun 2017
Brad Woodfin’s oil paintings of carefully rendered creatures are a contemplative exploration of the animal world. With reverence for his subjects, Brad favors expression and mood over academic documentation. Brad was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1970. He moved to Olympia, Washington in 1991 to study printmaking and painting at The Evergreen State College. His work has been featured in solo shows in New York, Vancouver, Calgary, San Francisco and Northampton Massachusetts, as well as group shows and art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Brad has been living and working in Montréal since 2008.
Chris Kuzmanovich is a Calgary based artist by way of the Northwest Territories. Chris studied interior design at Mount Royal College and worked within this field for several years before establishing his own design firm, CVK, in 2007. Concurrently while working on design projects, Chris began to create a body of work on canvas and panel. He is known for his palette of bold, bright colours and moody abstraction, often with the suggestion of architectural forms. His work can be found in numerous private collections across Western Canada.
Kuzmanovich’s extensive design background informs his current body of work – paintings that suggest abstracted architecture as indicated with scratches, areas of bold colour, and surface exploration. The work transitions from dark and sombre to bold and contrasting colours, acting as a visual documentation of his daily experiences and a reflection of the intangible.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 — Sat, 6 May 2017
Bénédicte Dussère lives just outside of Paris, in Clamart. She is a graduate of the École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). Originally a graphic designer, her work has shifted over the years to a full time studio practice focusing on painting and drawing.
Creating with a palette comprised solely of black, Bénédicte Dussère creates sweeping compositions of light and shadow from her Parisian studio. Dussère uses Mylar or a custom blend of polyester and linen to achieve a remarkable smooth surface texture. Applying minimal amounts of oil paint with deliberate gestures and using modified or handmade tools gives her images velvety depth, while she attempts to capture the deep and dense forms from her memory and imagination. Dussère chases a sense of the ephemeral in the surface of her paintings, not to impose thoughts and imagery, but to offer an experience.
Sat, 4 Feb 2017 — Sat, 18 Mar 2017
Sarah’s current work explores layers of history and narrative through the use of the photographic object. An underlying feature in her work is displacement – be it physical, psychological or constructed. In Camouflage (Hulinhjálmsteinn), she is exploring mimicry and camouflage as a way to assimilate into a foreign landscape. This work represents a conceptual exploration of what it means to be from one place but have ties to another.
Opening reception February 18, 1-4pm. Artist talk at 2pm.
Sat, 4 Feb 2017 — Sat, 18 Mar 2017
Join us for our 4th group exhibition featuring new and recent photography by Kevin Boyle, Gary Campbell, Ben Cope, Michael Levin, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, and Diana Thorneycroft. These artists employ a mix of traditional and contemporary approaches to highlight the subjects that inspire them, using methods that range from camera obscura to digital photography.
Featuring artwork by Kevin Boyle, Gary Campbell, Ben Cope, Michael Levin, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, Diana Thorneycroft, Mike Binzer, Karrie Arthurs, Verna Vogel, and Sarah Fuller
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 — Sat, 28 Jan 2017
Put A Bird On It - Group Show featuring a variety of work from CKG artists
In keeping with ancient Portlandia tradition the Christine Klassen Gallery will be exhibiting selected works that feature our majestic, feathered friends of the sky. Join us on the afternoon of December 10th for light refreshments and Birds! Have an old sweater? Hat or handbag? Put a bird on it! Wear your favourite fowl fashion and enter yourself to win a homemade artisan cookie basket. Start the holiday season with a day of art and fun.
Featuring artwork by Lori Lukasewich, Sarah Fuller, Aron Hill, Lisa Matthias, Karrie Arthurs, Kevin Boyle, Teresa Posyniak, Leesa Streifler, Diana Thorneycroft, Carl White, Alexandre Masino, Patricia Macdonald, Susan Collett, and Madeleine Lamont
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 — Sat, 26 Nov 2016
Themes of idolatry, reverence, power and wealth are explored in Nielsen’s ‘Commanding Heights’, which is a series of contemporary painted portraits in the style of religious iconography. Figures are set against gold leaf halos, but are representations of an iconic business class that is revered in contemporary culture. These richly layered paintings are oil on wood, with patterned and engraved gilded halos.
Lee Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He has exhibited locally and nationally and has work in private collections in Canada and the United States.
In 2011 He was awarded an Individual Artists Project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In addition to his art practice he has worked in a variety of fields as an animator, illustrator, concept artist, and designer. In 2003 he initiated a sole proprietorship, Humanate Enterprises, for his illustration work. Since then it has expanded to include art, design and other related projects.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 — Sat, 26 Nov 2016
Revenant Portraits is a series that examines the personal stories of 19th century North American settlers and prairie dwellers. Original 19th century charcoal portraits have been altered and drawn upon with ink and charcoal to create narratives for these lives that existed at one point in the past, and the ghosts that now exist in their place. The fragility of the paper that survived the years reflects the fading stories that diminish over time.
Karrie Arthurs received her B.F.A. with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2000. She had her first solo show entitled “Paper Weight” at the Christine Klassen Gallery in 2012. She continues to exhibit locally and internationally participating in solo, and group shows. Her work is found in numerous private collections such as that of Paul Hardy Design, in Calgary, Alberta. Karrie currently resides in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada with her two children. She is a practicing tattooer since 2001, and owns her own shop here in Calgary, Alberta.
Tue, 6 Sep 2016 — Sat, 15 Oct 2016
Drawing at times from diverse areas such as vintage photography, contemporary dance, and horror films, Mike Binzer’s paintings explore the human figure as subject in a way that is both representational and abstracted. Elements are both revealed and hidden, creating a veil that changes the interpretation of the human body as image.
Mike Binzer grew up in Calgary studying ballet and contemporary dance and went on to dance professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for two years before turning his attention to the visual arts. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design and an MFA from the University of Regina, and his work has been featured in a variety of exhibitions and publications in Canada and the United States. Through his study of dance, Mike has developed a unique insight into the human body which has continued to guide his art practice.
Tue, 6 Sep 2016 — Sat, 15 Oct 2016
Carl White continues his exploration into the world of mythology and the stories that we tell and re-tell over generations. His new body of work is a contemporary interpretation of classical subject matter – portraiture, floral, and animal themes, re-imagined. Referencing stories like the Odyssey and the Greek legend of Prometheus, “Digging For Fire” is a search for meaning in the everyday objects that surround us.
Carl White was born in Liverpool, England in 1969, and studied painting, drawing and graphic design at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. Known for his contemporary take on classical subjects and techniques, White’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada for over twenty years, and can be found in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally.