March 4 - March 15
John Roshon, "Fiddleskull"
John Roshon, "Fiddleskull"
"Re:Union" features seven Winnipeg artists who attended the University of Manitoba School of Art together from 1997 – 2003. After graduating they each have shown with one another at various venues, however this marks the first time they have all shown together in one location since their university days. Each of the seven artists has their own unique voice, though they are all united in their love for artistic expression and creative community.
Elaine Baril graduated in 2003 with a BFA Honours and has been commissioned privately for various photo reconstructions, paintings, drawings, ceramic portraits and sculptures. Her art seeks to express a unique interpretation of the commonplace, both in living forms and in abstract random shapes of nature. Both human and animal faces are her greatest source of inspiration.
Jordan Miller graduated with a BFA Honours in drawing, painting and mixed media (2002). She has mentored artists in both the creation and marketing of art. She has exhibited in many group and solo shows in Winnipeg. In 2011 she received the 35th Annual Woman of Distinction Award, Arts Category. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Cre8ery in October 2015. Jordan paints in abstract style with acrylics and enhances her pieces with mixed media. Free from goals and restrictions, her brush and palette knife wander freely and organically within the confines of the canvas. The images and subjects are not predetermined. As the layers grow thick, the subject reveals itself.
Brian Pollreis describes himself as always having a rather skewed perspective of life and the subjective nature of reality. "I see something innocuous and unremarkable, something I have seen a hundred times before, and out of nowhere I begin experiencing it through a haze of fractured memory and a blinding flash of imagination. No thoughts can be thought, no rest can be had until action is taken. I use art as a way to calm my mind of this constant barrage of imagery." His current work represents his exploration of three dimensional media and the use of visual techniques to bring his thoughts and feelings to some sort of fruition. The result is a mash up of the ordinary with the offbeat. The factual with the fantastic.
John Roshon received his BFA Honours in 2002. He currently lives in Beaumont AB where he is a husband and father and is an active member at SNAP Gallery and Studio. Art is his passion and escape, allowing him to see past the filter of society. Interested in nature and beauty, he is focused on growth , change and decay. He creates by combining various parts, limbs and structures of flora and fauna together in aesthetically pleasing combinations. These works speak of the cycle of life as these forms intermingle and morph into a new creation or entity. He works with natural mediums of wood, paper, and sometimes beeswax. John endeavours to translate the beauty of the cycle of life and hopes the viewer will be transported and mesmerized.
Dawn Wilkinson describes herself as a quirky individual who does not take life too seriously. Art is her way to withdraw from everyday life and express what is inside. Her work is a mix of photography and paintings, inspired by her travels. She enjoys pondering what others experiences are in the photographic moments she has captured. Life is short and we often walk past each other without glimpsing what others have endured. Her pieces reflect what she has seen or felt in a person’s presence or in the beauty of nature.
Louise Valcourt graduated with a BFA Honours in Drawing and Photography. She has regularly shown her acrylic and mixed media paintings in various group shows in Winnipeg since graduating in 2001. Her paintings explore Jungian and religious archetypes, the mystical, and the realm of the subconscious. Her latest series of paintings explore images from her dreams. They are raw, strange and mysterious images taken straight out of the deep well that is the nighttime realm. She believes that dreams provide us direct access to the wisdom of the subconscious and superconscious that can be hard to access in the waking realm.
Stevan Seimens graduated in 2003 and since then has explored the evocative nature of sound. It has lead him to analog and digital manipulation. His most recent work draws on the notion of accident as the sounds created are unpredictable and unrepeatable. The digital control of physical sound making components further exacerbate the viewers tentative relationship with the interactive piece.