solo show: sarah jones

Last Saturday was a full day of outdoor egg hunting with kids, Farmer’s marketing for yummies, and a gallery show opening that was not to be. You see, I had a good space between the Farmer’s Market and a play date for the kiddos that I was hoping to fill with the opening of the latest works of Sarah Jones. Except that it wasn’t the opening of the Sarah Jones show. I had the date wrong. Ack. Oh well, life is just like that, isn’t it? You gotta plan and then things get a little switchy shifty on you. Which brings me back to Sarah Jones. And days in the city. And switchy shifties. It is a long way around but stick with me here.

I love my days of playing in the downtown of my city. Even though there is plenty of grand and flashy changes going on in Halifax, the city has yet to lose its old historical Halifax charm. In rain and in sunshine, Halifax is still so darn pretty.

In her newest show, City, Sarah Jones captures what I think is the prettiness of the architectural history of Halifax (and New York City). Jones uses her thick paint style to showcase crumbly stone, faded brick, and thick pane windows alongside bare tree limbs and droopy telephone wires. And though I love her treatments of sky, I am delighted by the buildings being the focus.

If you have made the walk along Barrington, Hollis, or Granville Streets and been drawn to the wonderful shapes and textures of some of the old facades, then you will be drawn to this series of paintings. Just make sure you mark the correct date down so you can enjoy them in person.

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Sarah Jones’s City opens this Saturday April 2nd, 2016 1:30 – 3:30 pm at Argyle Fine Art , 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Can’t make it this Saturday? The show hangs until April 23rd.

group show: sweater weather

I just shrunk one of my newest wool sweaters. It was a Value Village acquisition (read: affordable) and fit my needs (read: thick wool) perfectly and then I went and shrunk the darn thing. Boo. Especially when I am a wool sweater wearer from October until May. I still have a month and a bit to go.

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{Fumi Koike, title unknown; Miiju Lee, title unknown; Alejandra Hernande, title unknown; Allison Watkins, My Closet in San Francisco (detail); Ashley Percival, title unknown; Denise Nestor, Unravel; Judith Tawil, Pigeon in White Sweater

colour show: yellow

We are having an exceptionally wonderful (and well deserved) Winter this year. And no, I am not looking ahead to the long range forecast of a Nor’easter for the Weekend. Instead, I am soaking up as much glorious sunshiney Vitamin D as I possibly can. And offering a group ‘colour’ show featuring buttery, sunflowery, banana yellow delights.

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{top to bottom, left to right: Kelly Reemsten, title unknown; Roger Duvoisin, title unknown; Linden Frederick, title unknown; Fairfield Porter, Buttercups; Nick Lamia, Untitled; Joan Mitchell, Allo Amelie; Cathy Cullis, We Grow But We Never Really Leave Home; Michael Newton, The Connoiseur; Helen Frankenthaler, Pernod; Sabine Tress, title unknown}

 

solo show – francois bard

Right now, I am loving the paintings of this guy – Francois Bard. I stumbled on a his painting, Nicole (below), and was totally sucked in. I love that push and pull of dark and colour and how the anonymous / shadowy / non-existant faces leave the viewer curious as to the subject. Mystery. A wonderful drippy painted mystery.

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Francois Bard lives and works in Paris, France.

group show: treme

I am a big fan of the public library system in general, but of the Halifax Public Library system specifically. You can read, listen, and watch just about anything, on any subject. But damn them for having such awesome stuff available that it forces my middle of the winter to-do task list down to make room for the following item line: “spend the entire weekend binge watching the HBO Series Treme“. Sure Season One was only ten episodes but heck ,that was ten hours of other tasks that went straight out the window (nevermind the other hour I spent googling cultural references and names used in the series.) So dear blog readers, because I have Treme {and Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans, and jazz, and first lines…} on the brain, I pulled together a group show of art referencing the heartbreaking event of Hurricane Katrina.

I love this collection of artworks. Each piece is a great stand alone ‘take’ on an aspect of Hurricane Katrina, but together they really show the jumble of feelings: worry, fear, anguish, frustration, dependence, anger, hope, love… I also love how those feelings are conveyed through such diverse media, some artworks even containing physical remnants found after the disaster. Poignant.

RollandGolden2 RollandGolden SallyHeller-Scraphouse

David Bates TonyFitzpatrick  Swoon-Thalassa2 BenjaminJones-Evacuees BenjaminJones-Katrina  DawnDeDeaux-WaterMarkers2 JanaNapoli-Floodwall VictoNgai StanStrembicki-MemoryLoss

{Rolland Golden, title unknown; Rolland Golden, title unknown; Sally Heller, Scraphouse; David Bates, title unknown; Tony Fitzpatrick, Oh Black Water; Swoon, Thalassa; Benjamin Jones, Evacuees; Benjamin Jones, Katrina; Dawn DeDeaux, Water Markers; Jana Napoli, Floodwall; Victo Ngai, title unknown; Stan Strembickie, from project Memory Loss}

Be sure to check out this short video of Swoon installing Thalassa.

If you haven’t watched Treme yet, here is a trailer for Season One.