Sep
5
to Oct 14

TERESA POSYNIAK : Drifters & Blooms

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. 

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TERESA POSYNIAK, Life Trilogy I, II, III, mixed media on paper, 71 x 50 in. each

TERESA POSYNIAK, Life Trilogy I, II, III, mixed media on paper, 71 x 50 in. each

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Sep
5
to Oct 14

ARON HILL : Drawings & Paintings

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.

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ARON HILL, Colour Blocks 1, ink & paint on prepared raw canvas, 30 x 24 in.

ARON HILL, Colour Blocks 1, ink & paint on prepared raw canvas, 30 x 24 in.

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Sep
5
to Oct 14

Introducing : HEATHER CLOSE

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.

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HEATHER CLOSE, Climb, mixed media sculpture, 10 x 8 x 7.5 in.

HEATHER CLOSE, Climb, mixed media sculpture, 10 x 8 x 7.5 in.

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Jul
6
to Aug 19

CHROMA : a colourful group show

Verna Vogel, Augury #2, oil on canvas, 57 x 61 in.

Verna Vogel, Augury #2, oil on canvas, 57 x 61 in.

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

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Jul
6
to Aug 19

Introducing Blake Chorley

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

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Jun
27
to Jun 29

Michelle Renaud A Special POP-UP Charity Show & Sale

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). 

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Jun
21
to Jun 24

The Trinity : A Special POP-UP Figurative Show curated by Aaron Sidorenko

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.

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May
13
to Jun 17

Brad Woodfin : Waiting To Inhale

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.

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Mar
23
to May 6

ckuzmanovich : heartbreakaccelerating

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 — Sat, 6 May 2017

 

Chris Kuzmanovich (ckuzmanovich) 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.

 

ckuzmanovich’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.

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Mar
23
to May 6

Bénédicte Dussère

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.

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Feb
4
to Mar 18

Sarah Fuller : Camouflage (Hulinhjálmsteinn)

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.

 

 

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Feb
4
to Mar 18

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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

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Dec
10
to Jan 28

Put A Bird On It

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

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Oct
20
to Nov 26

Lee Nielsen : Commanding Heights

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.

 

 

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Oct
20
to Nov 26

Karrie Arthurs : Revenant Portraits

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.

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Sep
6
to Oct 15

Mike Binzer : Between Ecstasy and Agony

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. 

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Sep
6
to Oct 15

Carl White : Digging For Fire

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. 

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Jul
9
to Aug 13

CHROMA: a colourful group show

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 — Sat, 13 Aug 2016

Reception: join us for our 5th Annual “So You Didn’t Get Out of Town for Stampede” Cocktail Hour Friday July 15, 5-8 pm

It's that time of year again! CHROMA is our annual group show celebrating colour and the diversity of our artists. This year's iteration features new works by Aron Hill, France Jodoin, Michael Levin, Lori Lukasewich, Verna Vogel and more!

Featuring artwork by Aron Hill, France Jodoin, Michael Levin, Lori Lukasewich, Verna Vogel, Ronald Boaks, Kevin Boyle, Susan Collett, Sarah Fuller, Madeleine Lamont, Alexandre Masino, Lisa Matthias, Ulrich Panzer, Birgit Piskor, Teresa Posyniak, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, Debra Van Tuinen, Carl White, Zane Wilcox, and Brad Woodfin

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May
12
to Jun 23

Introducing : Birgit Piskor

Thu, 12 May 2016 — Thu, 23 Jun 2016

Reception: Saturday May 14, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

CKG is pleased to welcome Victoria-based artist Birgit Piskor to the gallery with an introductory exhibition of her indoor-outdoor concrete sculptures. A self-taught artist, Piskor is inspired by the transformative power of concrete and its ability to “fulfill both the mundane requirements of civil engineers and the sublime vision of artists.” She has an uncanny ability to channel concrete’s industrial function into sensual organic shapes and textures that defy its inherent rigidity and harken back to artistic forebears like Brancusi or Moore.

Birgit Piskor was born in the town of Calw, situated in the Black Forest region of Germany, but immigrated to Victoria at a young age. Her work has been garnering attention since 2005 when her garden—featuring a number of her unique sculptures—was named “Best Urban Garden in Canada” by Canadian Gardening magazine and was featured in Recreating Eden, a TV show about beautiful sites around the world. 

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May
12
to Jun 15

Ronald Boaks : There Is But One Rule

Thu, 12 May 2016 — Thu, 23 Jun 2016

Reception: Saturday May 14, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

There is But One Rule features new works from Ronald Boaks’ Spirit Arise series in which he aims to convey a “lightness of being” through paint. Both formal and expressive, each of Boaks’ abstract canvases evokes a different mood through his playful use of colour and composition. The central focus remains the white cloud-like spirit entity, reimagined in each painting, rising up from earthly symbols like the X and Y coordinates, calligraphic mark, or symbolic painter’s palette. Inspired by the inescapable experience and knowledge of death, these paintings celebrate the essence of life and freedom of being alive in this moment.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Ronald Boaks has been exhibiting for more than 30 years. He is best known for his bold expressive canvasses that celebrate colour and surface as much as they define his ongoing search for balance and beauty. His paintings draw on personal memory and history as inspiration because for Boaks, the activity of art-making is always a road to self-discovery, anchored in the richness of the past. 

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Mar
24
to May 7

Introducing : Carl White

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 — Sat, 7 May 2016

Reception: Saturday April 2, 1-4 pm 

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. This exhibition will preview new work from a series inspired by the Greek legend of Prometheus in preparation for a larger solo show in September.

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Mar
24
to May 7

Lisa Matthias : Remnants

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 — Sat, 7 May 2016

Reception: Saturday April 2, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

Drawing on her scientific background, Lisa Matthias expresses her interest in ecology, natural history and environmentalism through interpretive drawing and printmaking. Her new series of large-scale black and white abstract prints were inspired by repetition found in nature, yet they are evocative of blueprints, city maps and other types of human constructions.

Lisa Matthias is an Edmonton-based artist with a Master of Science in plant ecology and a Bachelor of Science in ecology. After working as a professional ecologist for over a decade, she went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Alberta and now works as an artist and educator full-time. The idea that everything is part of a larger assemblage, emphasized by the recognition of patterns and relatedness across species and scales of life, is a central theme in her work.

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Mar
24
to May 7

Teresa Posyniak : Eating the Sun

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 — Sat, 7 May 2016

Reception: Saturday April 2, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

Calgary-based artist Teresa Posyniak creates beautiful textured paintings and sculptures which explore themes of vulnerability and resiliency in nature and contemporary society. Her latest series draws attention to plankton, a diverse group of marine organisms that are responsible for producing over half the earth’s oxygen, but whose well-being is threatened by human activity. In her own words:

My childhood fascination with “things microscopic” resurfaced about ten years ago when my friend and science journalist Alanna Mitchell shared her research and images of plankton with me while working on her international bestseller SEASICK: the Global Ocean in Crisis. I was struck by the fact that plankton produce more than half the earth’s oxygen through photosynthesis (the conversion of sunlight to carbon-based food) putting oxygen into the air as waste from the chemical reaction. Although these “sun-eaters” keep us breathing, their well-being is being threatened by human activity.

It wasn’t just the science that intrigued me. As an artist, I am fascinated by these beautiful creatures ranging from microscopic marine viruses and bacteria to single-celled plants with stunningly ornate shells, and plant-eating animals.

As I embarked on this ten year journey to create this series of paintings and sculpture, I thought about the myriad ways that pattern is enmeshed in our existence and how the tapestry-like qualities in these almost invisible creatures and plants are echoed in the macroscopic world – architecture, decoration, lace, flowers, trees, skin, clouds, stars – the comparisons are limitless.

Both artists and scientists are keen observers of life.  Science has inspired me to expand my artistic vision to another realm, a world that I yearned to see as a child.  

Posyniak holds degrees in literature and drama as well as a BFA in painting/printmaking and MFA in sculpture and is an avid advocate for women, children, and the environment. Over the course of her 34-year career, she has worked in materials as diverse as steel, wood, concrete, handmade paper and felt, oil and encaustic to create everything from room-sized installations to intimate drawings. Her work has been exhibited widely in private and public galleries, including a solo show at the Glenbow Museum in 2010.

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Feb
4
to Mar 19

Kevin Boyle : DaySleeper

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 — Sat, 19 Mar 2016

Reception : Saturday February 6, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

Kevin Boyle is Vancouver-based photographer who was born and raised in the Canadian Prairies. He spends his time roaming the vastness of the plains of his homeland, documenting the dilapidated ruins of what were once thriving communities. His subjects—abandoned businesses and gathering places—are carefully captured under the cover of night and given a second chance to shine. The resulting large format photographs earnestly pay homage to a time that technology and the busyness of life have let pass by.

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Feb
4
to Mar 19

Leesa Streifler : Drawing the Photograph

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 — Sat, 19 Mar 2016

Reception : Saturday February 6, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm

Leesa Streifler is a multidisciplinary artist and art professor whose career spans over three decades. Born in Winnipeg and based in Regina, her work has been exhibited widely across Canada and as far as Bulgaria and is included in prominent collections like the National Gallery of Canada. She is well known and respected for her feminist work investigating the female body, which takes shape through painting, drawing, photography and text. This mini survey of her photo-based work corresponds with the Exposure Photography Festival and marks Streifler’s first major exhibition in a commercial gallery.

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Dec
10
to Jan 30

Jean-François Gromaire : Earth Series

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 — Sat, 30 Jan 2016

Reception : Saturday December 12, 1-4 pm

French painter Jean-François Gromaire grew up exploring the world from an artist’s point of view, spending time as a boy in museums and amongst the Parisian art scene with his grandfather, Marcel Gromaire, who was a well-known artist and professor in France. But it wasn’t until the mid-nineties, after a varied work history—everything from organic farmer to helicopter pilot—and extensive travel across three continents, that he began painting in earnest.

Gromaire's abstract canvases are playful expressions of his life-long exploration of historical alchemy and oil paint. Using the earth and its mysteries as muse, his paintings unfold a visual vocabulary of movement, texture and sheen, while incorporating surprising materials like bitumen. In his own words: “The incredible beauty of abstract art is that we can find any type of emotion inside and it offers endless possibilities for different interpretations.”

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Dec
10
to Jan 30

Introducing : Zane Wilcox

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 — Sat, 30 Jan 2016

Reception : Saturday December 12, 1-4 pm

Zane Wilcox is a Regina-based artist who holds a MFA from the University of Regina and a BMus from the University of British Columbia. His materially rich clay sculptures are inspired by architecture, machinery, ancient stone structures and the prairie landscape, and have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Australia.

Known for his minimalist take on the vessel form, closer inspection reveals a perceptual playground in the normally empty interior space, which Wilcox activates using unexpected planes, textures and angles. For his latest series, Stripes and Grids, he turns his attention to the outside, borrowing logic from agricultural field-work to create repeating patterns of parallel lines and right angles to activate the exterior “plains” of his sculptures.

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Oct
22
to Dec 5

Susan Collett : Florid

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 — Sat, 5 Dec 2015

Opening : Thursday, October 22, 5-7 pm

Toronto-based artist Susan Collett is internationally recognized for her innovative paper clay sculptures which push the boundary between strength and fragility to a state just shy of collapse. Her exhibition Florid will feature new sculptures from her Aggregate series alongside blind-embossed monoprints from her Collected suite.

“Where my previous [sculptural] series explored a body scale relationship based on the vessel… this new work challenges my own approach and perceptions and moves away from the vessel, exploring disorder in a complex stacking of abstract passageways.”

“The monoprints from the Collected suite explore a sculptural approach to printmaking, collapsing previously drawn imagery into the essence of form: light against shadow, a texture erupting from the compressed paper plane.”

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Sep
8
to Oct 17

Colin Smith : 76 Boler

Tue, 8 Sep 2015 — Sat, 17 Oct 2015

ArtWalk Reception: Saturday September 19, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk & Camera Obscura Demo at 2 pm

CKG is excited to launch our fall programming with an exhibition by Colin Smith that pays homage to the timeless summer tradition of road tripping.

Some of my earliest memories as a child were the long summer vacation road trips. Heading across the Rocky Mountains in Grandma’s white, overheating, 64 Mustang, or my family’s annual pilgrimage across Western Canada. [These] early family vacations began an insatiable appetite for the open road.

Smith’s latest series of large format photographs takes us on an epic journey from Banff to Utah, presenting landscape in a way most of us haven’t seen since we were kids laying in the back seat of the family car. Familiar sights are seen anew—mountains, deserts and rivers all flipped and trapped in the confines of Smith’s trusty 76 Boler trailer.

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Jul
4
to Aug 22

Chroma : Living with Art

Sat, 4 Jul 2015 — Sat, 22 Aug 2015

CKG is pleased to announce the first in a series of guest curated exhibitions featuring CKG artists.

For this summer’s exhibition, renowned interior designer James McIntyre lends his creative eye to welcome two new artists to CKG. A longtime supporter of the arts, James is the creative director of CKG and is known for thoughtfully integrating original art into his design projects. We invited James to apply his skill to the CKG stable and demonstrate how he would pair different artists to build a colour story for your home.

Featuring artwork by Mike Binzer, Verna Vogel, Jean-François Gromaire, Madeleine Lamont, and Ulrich Panzer

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Apr
30
to Jun 20

Papyromania

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 — Sat, 20 Jun 2015

Reception: Saturday, May 9, 1–4 pm

Seductively simple, paper has long been the origin of inspiration for artists. Portable, yet infinitely diverse—ranging from the humblest to the most luxurious surface—paper is the ultimate tabula rasa. Papyromania shines a light on this often-underestimated medium and the talented artists who have mastered the blank page.

Featuring artwork by Karrie Arthurs, Daniel Barkley, Bénédicte Dussère, Aron Hill, Alexandre Masino, Lisa Matthias, and Ulrich Panzer

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Apr
30
to Jun 20

Madeleine Lamont : Night Elegy

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 — Sat, 20 Jun 2015

Reception: Saturday, May 9, 1–4 pm | Artist Talk: 2 pm

Known for her gestural take on traditional still life painting, Toronto-based artist Madeleine Lamont has ventured into new territory for her latest solo exhibition, taking on a Canadian cultural icon, the bear.

Lamont sees the bear paintings as anthropomorphic studies of this “heroic beast”. To her, the bear as a symbol is both frightening and endearing, one that projects safety and nobility as well as fear and anxiety. From intimate portraits to imposing full-figures, each bear carries its own emotional weight, ranging from wistful to cantankerous.

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