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METRO GALLERY: Technically Foul

The featured exhibit runs February 1 – 28, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.⁠

 

Artist Reception: February 4 at 4:30PM.⁠

 

Artist Statement:

This is a collection of photographs and artwork from over the past two years. The photographs are of basketball hoops from around Edmonton. I’m very interested in the various energies possessed by hoops, as well as their iconic presence and ubiquity on planet Earth. The collection was influenced by lo-fi idealism and sports.

 

Bradley J. Sime is a multi-disciplinary artist from Edmonton. This is the first exhibit of his work. The continuing photographic documentation of hoops from Edmonton can be followed via @edmontonhoops on Instagram.

 

METRO GALLERY: Shadows of the Neutral

The featured exhibit runs January 1-31, 2023 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Reception: December 11 @ 5:30PM

 

Artist Statement:

I focus on colour relationships that evolve from an external inspiration to a meditative landscape, open to chance and change.

 

 

 

A colourist by nature, David Shkolny has been an active artist for over 30 years, finding inspiration in the magic Albertan landscape. A frequent instructor both locally and abroad, his studio is located on the second floor of the downtown farmers market in Edmonton. IG @daveshko

METRO GALLERY: Karl Paltunnil’s Apology To You

The featured exhibit runs December 1-31, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Reception: December 17 @ 5PM

 

Artist Statement:

My name is Jason Dublanko, and I create experimental painting and collage in the city of Edmonton. I like art that is innocent and unpretentious, deeply personal, and striking in colour and form. I sometimes use found objects such as wood boards or shelves and apply acrylic paint, drawn doodles, and ripped pages of writing with glue. I try not to spend any money on art supplies. My process is playful and unsure, loosely based on principles of young imagination, stream of conscious thought, luck, and deformed instinct. I think my role as an artist is a manic need to obsessively construct a private and personal vision and make it public, subverting any and all static and unapologetic norms.

 

Karl Paltunnil’s: Apology to You is a therapeutic experiment in spontaneity, and a constrained use of limited time and limited resources. This work has mostly been done in the last three weeks of November (2022), and has felt like a battle I can almost win. I still have nine days left upon writing this – and I hope to complete the six abstract paintings I am including in the show. I will display them even if they are a disaster. I thank you for listening to my story, and I hope you enjoy my art 🙂

METRO GALLERY: Wild Rose Country – Alberta’s Liminal Spaces

The featured exhibit runs November 1-30, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Reception: November 24 @ 5PM

 

Artist Statement:

This project broadly serves as a document of the types of architecture and design that occupy the landscape of Alberta, as well as the many communities that populate it. The images are a monograph of life in Alberta and also a reflection of the artist’s relationship with the spaces around him – seemingly unremarkable on the surface yet romantic and outside of the ordinary.

Owen Armstrong is a British-born multi-disciplinary artist whose photographic work explores a range of subjects including erotica, portraiture, architecture, industry, community, and travel. Visit oarmstrong.com to view his work.

METRO GALLERY: Golden Girls

The featured exhibit runs October 1-31, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Reception: October 21 @ 5PM

 

Artist Statement:

“Looking into my personal mythology, I create and reflect on an ongoing, non-linear narrative inspired by memories and dreams of the landscape where I grew up, and by the immediate process of mark-making. This series of 14 drawings explores a mix of painting and drawing media, with playful use of colours such as hot pink and gold. I focused on depicting strong female forms in bright, dream-like clothing woven into real and imagined landscapes, hoping to evoke feelings of optimism, fun, and connection.”

 

Lisa Rezansoff comes from a sunny place in southern British Columbia, surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains and forests. In 2011 Lisa received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta, where her focus was on Drawing, Printmaking and Painting. She then completed an 8 month studio residency at SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists). Lisa’s work has been exhibited in various locations including Cafe Mosaics, Artery, SNAP, Latitude 53, Stollery Gallery, Edmonton City Hall, Jackson Power building, and the Grand Forks Art Gallery. She has done Illustration for Unlimited magazine, and her drawings have been featured numerous times in Notebook magazine. Lisa currently lives and works in Edmonton.

METRO GALLERY: Never Before Seen and Here Before Your Eyes

The featured exhibit runs September 1-30, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Reception: September 16 @ 5PM

 

Artist Statement
“In making new art, I was trying to end up with artwork I hadn’t seen before. These pieces on paper started out as being based on atypical reference photos. Once I was comfortable with that translation to paper, I set sights on resolving each picture by further additions of line, colour, and fill-ins. However comfortably successful or ultimately unsuccessful these may be to look at, they’re what became of each blank paper as the permanent marks were made. Similarly, the animations you can view here were made in a way where edits could only be made along the way from beginning to end because of the process I liked working through. The end of each animation left me with captured frames for a video along with any remaining physical parts along the way, or a working surface that wasn’t worked all the way to disintegrated paper.”

 

 

Jordan Rule made art within no focused chosen discipline while in art school in Grande Prairie and Lethbridge. After graduation he felt happy with subject matter through film photography, but has always still missed making artworks in the physical way he once did. It’s true animating preserved that to a degree, however these artworks here show him trying to find that again.

 

METRO GALLERY: The Everlasting Journey

The featured exhibit runs August 1-31, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Paula Sommers has had a lifelong love for art. Her paintings are abstract impressions of places, people, or ideas created with lush splashes of color and playful brushwork. Sommers’ particular style opens a dialogue with the viewer, suggesting ideas and features through color and form, yet leaving interpretation open to her audience. Born in Calgary, Sommers is wonderfully adept at absorbing the feeling of a place and then recreating in her very personal artistic language. “Celebrate life, humans, the marks people make on the world, and our community. Treasure the local, the eccentric, the ordinary; whatever is made from caring. Respect what people have built for themselves and given away. Find the beauty in some battered old wall, give it new life, share color and joy with the world while it stands still.” Sommers lives and works in Alberta, Canada.

METRO GALLERY: twig salad, mountain soup. 

The featured exhibit runs July 1-31, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Statement
Lisi and Gwen’s joint art installation is the centre of the exhibit, which also features some new pieces their parents have created responding to their lines, subject matter, materials and process.

 

Gwendolyn Turner, Annalisa Hartfeil-Richards & Co., or Lisi and Gwen, are friends and their parents make art, music, film, and culture as their primary occupation. Lisi is a 4-year-old who creates maps and bug drawings as well as papier-mache witches and egg salad sandwiches. Gwen is 3 and interested in drawing snakes, sidewalks and monsters.

 

Young artists join parents in Metro Gallery showing – The Edmonton Journal

METRO GALLERY: Home

The featured exhibit runs June 1-30, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Statement
I began this series when we were all holed up at home early in the pandemic. In viewing my drawings more recently, I began to contemplate the concept of home in our increasingly unstable and unequal world. The word “home” most often brings to mind images of comfort, safety and ease, as it should. It is a basic need of life, but has it become a privilege? More than ever in today’s world, “home” can be precarious – domestic violence, financial insecurity, war, persecution, natural and man-made disasters – all threaten and destroy homes. How do we define and re-create home when it has been taken from us?

 

Marlena Wyman is an Edmonton artist whose main creative focus is women’s history, inspired by her long-time work in the heritage community. She has exhibited across Canada and is a co-founder of Urban Sketchers Edmonton. Her work can be seen here and here.

METRO GALLERY: Cause & Effect

The featured exhibit runs May 1-31, 2022 in Metro Gallery in the Garneau Theatre lobby.

 

Artist Statement

There is a fascination with the many shells of the world. From layers below, through the thin layers we occupy to the strata of the sky and space, the myriad of energy and matter and the intricate play of the many systems may be harnessed for our benefit. We can see how forces affect other forces and yet many more interactions will never be discovered by anyone, ever. A cruise along the highway may seem innocuous enough but on other levels it means irreversible disruption for who knows what. It may not a good idea to dwell on this as it may drive one to distraction and oblivion. On the other hand, it may be fine to speculate on this to mentally live adventure to the furthest and limitless spheres of revelation.

 

Will Truchon gained a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba (1992), a Master of Fine Art from the Ohio State University (1995) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary (2011). He has held a variety of positions as a gallery technician, ceramic technician and art instructor. Among his other artistic interests are life-long passions for architecture, industrial and graphic design, film, music and general diversion. As an artist, Will works in several mediums not limited to ceramics, painting, multi-media sculpture and photography.