Begins with Zee
Johnston’s choice of materials is often from sources
that we wouldn’t associate with the making of art. For
the Headbones exhibition, Johnston will be mounting
pieces that include such diverse elements as an antique
canoe, a chair and green apples – not altogether mind
you. There will be sound elements, movable parts and a
large outdoor piece.
Byron Johnston has been a professor of sculpture in the
University of British Columbia Okanagan’s creative
studies department for many years. Not only through his
own work, but also within his teaching practice, he has
inspired many students who have gone on to create works
that expand our concept of Fine Arts.
Without forfeiting invention, curiosity or plain old
“fun!” – Byron Johnston pulls up what could be termed
ordinary, daily materials into the realm of fine arts
with such assurance that the acceptance of his unique
and inventive art is impossible to contest. Yet above
and beyond the marvel of his daring – he keeps a firm
hold on the object as high art.
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.