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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 — Sat, 18 Oct 2014
Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 - 1pm
“Spirit Arise” is a new series of paintings by artist Ronald Boaks. With this new body of work, Boaks looks to capture “the lightness of being” -that essence of life, state of grace, of being alive, right now.
In 2013, Boaks took to his studio to explore what it really meant to be “free”. He began to feel “lighter in spirit,” he says. “This lightness is translated into these paintings as the spirit of cloud entity, surrounded by rich, softer colour. The paintings are grounded by the almost drafted line, measured, as it were, like distance markers.” Boaks continues to incorporate the X and Y coordinates, which are some of his recognizable markings.
Based in Toronto, Boaks’ works focus on abstraction using a variety of media. He is best known for his use of bold and expressive colour and surface, which define the artist’s ongoing search for beauty and balance.
Sat, 6 Sep 2014 — Sat, 18 Oct 2014
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 - 1pm
"Penumbrae" is Ulrich Panzer’s first solo show with the Christine Klassen Gallery. The exhibit focusses on a new body of work, that shows the transition from the artists previous series, "spheres", to paintings that now have only one circular shape in the centre.
What was previously a dynamic interplay of multiple colour circles is now concentrated in one central form that radiates light and colour. These new paintings are inspired by a synesthetic perception of sound or musical chords, by observations in nature or by the colours of minerals and seashells. Yet, in the process of painting, these references are transcended and the works take on a life on their own, and as such they do nothing less than draw the viewer into the present tense of seeing.
Ulrich Panzer is a German artist who currently lives near Kingston, Ontario. He has studied the properties of sound, colour and architectural proportions since the early nineties. His knowledge has deepened through intense travelling and exposure to several western and eastern cultures . This also resulted in numerous light and sound installations. In addition, Panzer has given workshops and lectures on the healing aspects of colour, sound and space internationally.