OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020, 6-8PM
En Masse combines the artwork of artists Yvonne Wiegers and Judy Nakagawa, applying overlapping themes of memory and proliferations, through distinct yet harmonious visual-form languages.
Exhibition Runs: February 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020
Yvonne has exhibited in Canada, United States, Sri Lanka and Russia. Her work is in public and private collections. She has a B.A. (University of Guelph) and a MFA (University of Calgary) garnering the department’s nomination for the Governor General’s Medal. Yvonne resides in Ottawa.
Accumulations obsess me. The number of stars in the sky, the number of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere and the number of people on the planet are the impetus for my work. My work investigates the ideas of presence, accumulation and proliferation. I have been engaged in this particular body of work since 2008 and I am looking to expand my range of expression. I am continuing to develop a visual form language to investigate my ideas of accumulation, proliferation and what it may mean to be an individual within the many.
These themes are distilled into intricate drawings and paintings. Primarily working in ink on paper or oil on panel, I move over the surface repeating lines or forms until the tiny individual units reach a critical mass and assert their presence. In the end the marks delineate a type of timeline moving from beginning to end counting out an accumulation of gestures and a meditative commitment. As the artist I attempt to put order into the chaotic overflow of bits.
Judy Nakagawa began studying sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. in 1998 and in 2002 was awarded the Berthold Schmutzhart Award for sculpture. In 2001 she had a solo show in the National Press Club Building in downtown Washington. In 2004 she moved to Vancouver and had solo shows at the Japanese Canadian National Museum in Burnaby, the Murakami Boatworks building in Richmond, B.C. and the Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver. Nakawage has participated in numerous group shows and has created a large commissioned works for two theatrical installations.
Stirrings of a restless mind
Invade the calm
Music becomes noise
Lines become frayed
Leaves are blowing
I only know the wind
But when stillness descends
The world changes
I see the kindness of a stranger’s smile
The perfection of a single leaf
A line becomes a poem
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