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Oct 26 – Nov 17, 2012
This exhibition draws you in, provoking an emotional response and a sense of discovery. Through an exceptional collection of ethereal landscapes, three accomplished artists embody impermanence and adaptation, moments with nature and the imagination, and lifecycles of decay and rejuvenation. Individually, the artists’ approach is distinctive. Collectively, the exhibit offers a sense of wonder, calmness and contemplation.
Artists: Maegan Harbridge, Galen Felde and Tracey Tarling
Maegan Harbridge enjoys how a landscape painting can possess many different emotional qualities. A still moment with nature or the psychological meanderings of a passing thought are vehicles allowing for a deeper search into meaning. As a landscape drips and blurs it is reinvented by the mind’s eye. The works reflect her experiences in the District Six area of Cape Town. During South Africa’s Apartheid government over 60,000 residents of District Six were forcibly evicted and their homes demolished.
Maegan attended Langara College and has participated in numerous exhibitions. Her paintings have found homes in North America, Europe and in South Africa.
Galen Felde’s work explores empathy, impermanence and our difficult relationship with origins, adaptation and alteration of the landscape. Echoing familiar landforms, her canvases are a complex – and sometimes disguised – collage of natural and urban imagery. Use of lens vocabulary, including trace images, skewed focus and saturated light, refers to the construction of memory, the resonance of absence and the process of release. Canvases combine acrylic texturing and under-painting with feathered brushwork and numerous transparent washes on wood panel.
Galen attended Simon Fraser University. Her work can be found in collections throughout Canada and the US. She is represented by The Bellevue Gallery of Contemporary Art, West Vancouver; The Canvas Gallery, Toronto, ON and The Venus Gallery, Aurora, ON.
Tracey Tarling’s iconographic layered surfaces are built to suggest ethereal landscapes of trees, leaves and rock. Fragile botanical fragments float and decay in a process of rejuvenation. Black marks heavily weighted in charcoal and graphite are sanded and scratched with reference to process, struggle and hope. Tracey paints with oil and mixed media on wood, building up surfaces with gypsum and graphite, adding and then removing, and using various other materials to allow for the smudging, texturing and atmospheric possibilities.
Tracey Tarling studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Zen brush painting with Ari Tomita at the Vancouver Academy of Art. Tracey is represented by the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver and Toronto and the Whistler Art Gallery.
For more information, see the CityScape Community Art Space page.