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I
n uenced by his landscape artist grandmother,
the writings and photo imagery of Freeman
Patterson, and the vast, pristine beauty of Canadian
nature, photographer
Scott Forsyth
captures iconic
landscapes and remote locations through a process
he regards as mystical. Using pre-visualization,
or “seeing the image you want to create in your
mind’s eye,” Forsyth creates a physical yet intimate
connection to reality. His stills skillfully exploit multiple
exposures, elapsed time, variations of shutter speed,
and exposure duration to create photographs that
range from highly realistic to impressionistic.
Forsyth’s imagery portrays the immense scale and
rich geographical variety of physiographic regions,
distinctly de ning geologic structures, and elevation
topographies. Each print stands as testament to the forces of creation, to the vastness of time and space, which in the artist’s
words “creates a sense of physical connection to everyone and everything.” Eclectic in composition and use of color, Forsyth’s
works reflect a diversity that fully captures Canada’s ocean-to-ocean grandeur. In fiery sunsets, frosty waterfronts or stunning
celestial displays, one can see a tireless patience in waiting for nature to reveal its most poignant spectacle.
Polaris Giclee Print on Paper 25” x 33”
Scott Forsyth
Wei Xiong
W
ei Xiong
’s abstract oil paintings are graceful without
being soft, and lyrical without being romantic.
Xiong paints hazy clusters of color drifting back and forth,
meeting and rolling over one another. The clouds, drips,
and dabs evoke many things – ripples across water, lush
treetops, even the wind made visible across the sky. In
reality the imagery is born of Xiong’s exploration of what
she calls “spirituality of art” in today’s post-modernism. It
is a search inspired by Zen teachings, minimalism, ancient
philosophy from both the East andWest, the critic Donald
Kuspit, and the philosopher Theodor Adorno.
Xiong’s aesthetic is built on a fundamental contradiction.
She creates her compositions from small color
modulations with a consistent subdued light. Her forms
are thoughtfully constructed from countless small strokes
coming together in the right way, making for unique and
surprising shapes. The overall feeling is one of delicacy
and subtlety. Yet Xiong’s actual brushstrokes, in all their many forms, are quick and impulsive – seemingly unstructured, full
of unwieldy energy.
Xiong was born in Chengdu, China and today divides her time between her native city and Los Angeles.
136-2 Oil on Canvas 31.5” x 39.5”
The Birth of a New World
Digital C-Print on Plexiglass 24” x 24”
D
r. Albert Legault
says that his art “constantly navigates between
photography and painting,” and that path has led him to create a
distinctive body of work. Whether he is representing the human form,
or creating abstractions in which colors seem to change before our eyes,
the artist uses his mastery of light and form to bend the parameters of
reality—sometimes subtly, sometimes provocatively.
Producing digital C-prints on Plexiglass, Legault makes the most of the
clarity that the process allows. Each color stands out distinctly, as does
every texture, giving his images a heightened sense of presence. The
artist’s ability to capture nature’s patterns and then recast them in his
own terms results in works that have the immediacy of the real world
and the power of his personal vision.
Dr. Albert Legault
F
or
Dagmar Wankowski
, painting is not a means of representation,
but of true creation: the artist uses countless layers of color to truly
build a plane of texture out of nothing. She begins with an extensive
set of colors drawn from natural palettes, such as the delicate colors
of a sunrise or all the unexpected permutations of a night sky’s blue.
Then these colors are blended and diffused across a canvas, and
allowed to bloom into a display of exceptional depth. Light bounces
within and around the paint, and the texture moves back and forth,
from pockets of energy to beautiful moments of stillness. The viewer
is invited to become completely immersed.
Dagmar Wankowski was born in Berlin, where she continues to live
today. She also works in oil and watercolor.
Op. 482 Acrylic on Canvas 39.4” x 39.4”
Dagmar Wankowski
Tornado Touchdown
Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 24” x 36”
R
ecapturing “the fundamentals of the natural world” and expressing
those fundamentals in a new, unconventional way is the focus of the
paintings of
AnnaMaria Critelli
. Working in oils and acrylics on canvas,
the artist uses her sharp eye for color and pattern to create images that
express the subtlety and power of nature. While many of her works are
based on abstract patterns, Critelli gives them a physicality that brings
them alive.
Part of that almost tangible quality comes from the artist’s ability to
give her canvases a sense of light, infusing the backgrounds of her
images with a three-dimensional feel. Another part of it is due to the
embellishments and raw materials that she places on her canvases,
adding a tactile, textured quality. The resulting works vividly express
what the artist calls the “Unity, Harmony and Balance of the Universe.”
AnnaMaria Critelli
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