- The Future of the Past
12 Midnite will be here for an opening night POP ART
extravaganza, June 30th. At 7PM Midnite's
alter ego, Cow-punk pop star "Billy-Bill Midnite" will
be performing music as colourful, fun and energized as
his art work.
With a paint style as slick and shiny as a souped-up hot
rod, flourishing fire, hearts, bones and a quirky parade
of comic characters; Midnite’s technical expertise lends
class to his power pieces (literally for many have neon
attachments). He’ll set the summer a-buzz as Headbones
Gallery throws the switch up a notch.
Come join us as SMASH Gallery’s resident Lord of
Lowbrow, 12 Midnite, brings his Future of the Past
show to Vernon’s Headbones Gallery.
Stephen Lee Scott
Hailing from Kelowna, Stephen Lee Scott’s January
show at the Vernon Art Gallery gave art lovers a
taste of this up-and-coming artist’s
accomplishments. Scott is a draftsman. His hand is
confident. Meticulous pen and ink work provide the
graphic details that define Stephen Lee Scott’s take
on a culture that is tattooed, decorated and
tribally young. Not afraid to include images of
death and invention, Scott’s visual world exhibits
an eerie beauty.
Stephen Lee Scott looks forward to presenting
Servicemen and will be in attendance at the
opening reception on Saturday June 30 from 6 – 9 PM
@ Headbones Gallery.
look towards the far distant for a sense of something other than
the hum-drum existence that often takes over our routine lives.
Vacations, videos, reading, music – all become the escape routes
to enrichment. Afar Per se
fulfills the wanderlust and slakes the thirst for exoticism,
transferring a National Geographic mind frame into the refined
halls of high culture.
from Afar is actually residing and working quite close for his
studio is in Lumby, BC – yet that fact could translate into a
rather exotic imagining for a New Yorker. Headbones Gallery
visited the artist’s studio in the fall and were rewarded with a
revelation as expanding as that of visiting another country.
Amar’s work is not static. It reaches backwards in time as it
projects forward and seldom is there only a surface meaning. But
this is not a plea for nostalgia or even a reinforcement of
exotic otherness for Amar doesn’t let the image rest. He pokes
at it, jabs at it with the dissonance of virtual life and in
doing so pulls his visual story line into the theatrical realms.
There is a taste of intrigue, plot, climax and even the
potential for a narrative resolution. He gives us sufficient
clues but doesn’t reveal the ending.
Feught’s actual past, present and future have rarefied
beginnings. Feught grew up in an Anglican home. As an adult, she
lived in a Buddhist priory in Edmonton for seven years where she
experienced the lush overlap of philosophical, spiritual and
cultural diversity while still living in the heart of a
‘typical’ Canadian milieu. Her oil paintings and gouaches leave
room for study as well as speculation as to their narrative
source. Often with a strong composition that supports the drama
of the imagery, her technique – impeccable and practiced –
supports the strangeness of her subjects by granting an
immediate viability to the juxtaposition of elements. The
overwhelming perfection and balance take over any doubt at the
unusual imagery. Feught also backs her innuendos with
information, detailing with a precision to provoke applause.
- what does it mean? Per se does not only mean “intrinsically”
but also, “by, of, for or in itself”. It seems a fitting
description of the works of Amar from Afar and Diane Feught with
all of the allusions to otherness that they inspire.
opening reception for Afar
Per se is Friday, November 11, which is
Remembrance Day and
11/11/11. Even the date is fittingly evocative yet cryptic.
and Nilt to cosmic Eastern sounds and melodies during the
opening reception with Daniel
Stark on sarode,
Bill Boyd on cello and
Gaz on guitar.