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SHE, Fazakas Gallery: Opening Reception Photos

A big thank you to LaTiesha, Trace, and Rosa for including me in the show. SHE, Fazakas Gallery continues through to June 20, 2015.

Exhibition Dates: May 23th – June 20th
Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Information: www.fazakasgallery.com

More show details HERE.
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Photos of opening night. SHE: Fazakas Gallery. Continues to June 20, 2015

Photos of opening night. SHE: Fazakas Gallery. Continues to June 20, 2015

SHE, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC | Artists Trace Yeomans, Carollyne Yardley, Rosa Quintana Lillo

MEDIA RELEASE

Media Contact: LaTiesha Fazakas at 604.876.2729 or info@fazakasgallery.com

Event: “SHE”
Opening Reception: Saturday May 23th 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 23th – June 20th
Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Information: www.fazakasgallery.com
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1649230118643096/

SHE

Is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

What does it mean to be a woman in our ever-changing social landscape? How do female artists perceive the impact of gender on their work, practice, and career?  Do they even want their gender to be a discussion point?

In the Fazakas Gallery’s newest show, SHE, three very diverse female artists Rosa Quintana, Carollyne Yardley, and Trace Yeomans come together for a visual discussion.

In terms of female history, much has been said, challenged, restated and rectified. Thanks to some stubborn, tenacious and brilliant women, art history specifically has been revised and forced to include them.
Female artists today have role models with which to identify and draw inspiration. Which begs the question, is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

This exhibition creates an opportunity for pointed questions from the audience, while providing an opportunity to view exceptional work by three talented artists who also happen to be women.

Featured Artists who will be featured in SHE include:

Trace Yeomans was born on Haida Gwaii to a Haida mother and a Ukrainian father. She has been an artist for most of her life, prompting her to pursue this passion throughout high school, and to acquire post-secondary training. Her passion has always been painting but she is also known for her beautiful Dance Regalia with appliqued Haida designs and fabric art techniques, some of which are displayed in museums around the world.

Trace has frequently worked with her husband, Don Yeomans, combining their respective skills to create unique and critically acclaimed artwork, examples of which can be seen in her fabric art and paintings. She has also worked along side him painting and carving on several totem pole commissions, including the monumental poles in the rotunda of the Vancouver International Airport. Trace has explored many mediums during her art career but always circles back to her first love – oil painting.

Empty Nest by Trace Yeomans, oil on canvas, 40" x 30"

Empty Nest by Trace Yeomans, oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″

Haidaranian Raven Eggs by Trace Yeomans, ultra suede aplique on ultra suede background over board, 12" x 36"

Haidaranian Raven Eggs by Trace Yeomans, ultra suede aplique on ultra suede background over board, 12″ x 36″

Carollyne Yardley coined the term Squirrealism to describe her signature style of fine artwork using squirrel faces in paintings, photographs, and digital art to create strange, transgene characters and creatures, living in wonderful worlds.

Through the meticulous and minute brushwork of fine portraiture, Carollyne’s work incorporates allegory and surrealism to explore psychological truths and complexities about the human condition. Even without a human face, her paintings maintain the essence of a portrait, immediately conveying humour and personality — followed by budding uncertainty about the characters and the secrets they keep.

Carollyne Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, online weblogs, and the covers of several books and magazines.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel (birth of ideas), 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015
Madonna and the Birth of Ideas was already in progress by the time the show theme was revealed. I think it works perfectly into the exhibition, however. The squirrel representing the birth of ideas is a direct reference to how Squirrealism was born from painting just one little squirrel. Read more.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24″ x 36″, (60.96 cm x 91.44 cm) oil on wood panel, 2015

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60? x 40? (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), 2015 

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is complete. It is the introduction of a new character.  The imagery is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes,  the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.
Read more.

Anonymouse detail of head

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, 60″ x 48″ (152.4 cm x 121.92 cm), oil on wood panel, 2015. Detail of head

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60" x 40" (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), by Carollyne Yardley

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60″ x 40″ (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), by Carollyne Yardley

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore)
In order to remind myself of the WORD, I downloaded a copy of Gloria Steinem’s, Outrageous Acts, and Everyday Rebellions and re-read the Guerrilla Girls’, Beside Companion to the History of Western Art, and ART MUSEUM Activity Book. Happy 30th Anniversary to the Guerrilla Girls’! Read more.

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 40 x 40, 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls' and Pussy Galore)

Guerrilla Squirrel, oil on wood panel, 48″x 48″ (121.92 cm x 121.92 cm), 2015 (after Guerrilla Girls’ and Pussy Galore)

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn’t ‘Cause You’re A Girl?
When I was enrolled at the Visual Arts, Department of Fine Arts, University of Victoria to complete my undergrad, I didn’t fully appreciate the value and privilege of being able to participate in gender equal art classes. Specifically, drawing male nude models.  When I returned to fine art almost a decade later, I still took for granted that this inclusive training was forbidden to women 150 years ago. Read more.

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn't 'Cause You're A Girl? oil on wood panel, 24 x 36, 2015

Male Figure Drawing Squirrel: What If You Couldn’t ‘Cause You’re A Girl? oil on wood panel, 24 x 36 (60.96 cm x 91.44 cm), 2015

Rosa Quintana Lillo, was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1977, after fleeing two military dictatorships, she and her family arrived in Toronto, Canada. She is a painter and sculptor working on private and public commissions in Agassiz and Vancouver studios. She attended the Toronto Art Centre where she received a solid technical foundation in the fine arts. Her current paintings deal with content out of context, extinct birds, graffiti, art history and surface texture experimentation.

Since 1989, she has worked for many Contemporary West Coast artists. Her primary work for these artists was the production of carvings, rubber moulds and castings in various materials. She has worked for the Vancouver Art Gallery as a painter on the Michael Lin Mural Project, Public Art Commissions, the Vancouver Film Industry as a sculptor and Props maker and as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and The Art Institute of Vancouver.   Her works are in collections in the UK, US, Canada and Mexico.

Extinct Bird - Target Series #11 by Rosa Quintana Lillo, mixed media and acrylics on canvas, 36" x 60"

Extinct Bird – Target Series #11 by Rosa Quintana Lillo, mixed media and acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 60″

Rome Diptych by Rosa Quintana Lillo, mixed media and acrylics on canvas, 48” x 96” x 3”

Rome Diptych by Rosa Quintana Lillo, mixed media and acrylics on canvas, 48” x 96” x 3”

 

Diversity in Feminism, SHE, by Carollyne Yardley

When LaTiesha Fazakas, owner of the Fazakas Gallery suggested the theme for SHE, I was excited to think about how the squirrels would communicate their POV. Perhaps they would not all be squirrels, maybe a mouse would be in the house. Yes, more rodents. SHE, a group show includes Trace YeomansRosa Quintana Lillo, and myself. The theme explores diversity in feminism. The topic of feminism has not been a focus of my existing body of work per say, but I’ve always believed in equality for myself, and I was excited to be challenged to visually communicate this topic.

I was a young adult in the mid-90’s. Being a pioneer, founder, co-owner, and creative director of a software application and web development company, provided me with the experience of working with all types of business owners, and people in the technology industry. While the incidences of sexism I experienced during that time were too few to mention, if it did occur, the offender was surely drowned out in an acid bath of derisive mockery. During that time, I did notice a lack of women attending tech conferences in Victoria, BC, but it never occurred to my younger self, that this was probably a trickle down affect of sexism. I was there, and that’s what mattered to me at the time.

The last time I had read any feminist discourse or engaged in debate on the subject, was during coursework to complete my undergrad in Fine Art at the University of Victoria (early 90’s). I took courses such as Women in Film, and Women in Television. Perusing my bookshelves today, I still have some of the recommended readings: Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism, Logics of Television, Essays in Cultural Criticism, Television and Women’s Culture, and Feminism and Film Theory. During one of these courses, I recall writing a paper about how the television commercial made for the Emjoi Razor, which demonstrated dehairing the female body, made women a victim of patriarchy.  At the time, the course work resonated with me, and to this day I can’t watch a movie or television show without anticipating a white male protagonist to save the day.

To plan my artworks for the show, I began to pull books from my bookshelf. The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art, and the Art Museum Activity BookNext, I downloaded Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem.

I had not read any of Gloria’s books as a younger woman, so I didn’t get the perspective of comparing my thoughts from then to now. However, as a woman with life experience, Gloria’s discussion about how student-age women are probably treated with more equality than they ever will be again is not inaccurate. It’s true that with age, it’s the experience of life events: entering the paid labour force, marrying or having children and discovering who raises them and who does not; and aging, still a far greater penalty for women than for men – is how the lens can change from which you view the world. (1)  I submitted four paintings for this group show, and have described above how each one formulated in my mind.

(1) Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Squirrels now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

I’m pleased to announce artworks now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

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Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013 – SOLD

 

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Charlotte’s Web, 36 x 24, oil on board, 2012

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

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Yayoi Kusaqma Squirrel in the background at Winchester Galleries

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Carollyne with Charlotte’s Web at Winchester Galleries

 

Winchester Galleries
Website: www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
2260 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 595-2777

Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

COMICS THIS WEEKEND!!
GROUP SHOW
The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

More photos of the opening here:

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

 

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970’s

Wonder Woman costume I made and wore on Halloween 1989-2002. Managed to get into this sucker for my comic book cover.

It’s a lot or work, ya know.

The exhibit opens Friday, August 15 ( 7-10:30 pm ), & August 16 ( 10 am -5 pm ) in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival and runs to August 30, 2014.  (map)
Plus there’s a hop on – hope off bus (more info). 

We are exposed throughout our lives to comic book culture starting in childhood with Super Heroes & Cartoon Characters, and then perhaps graduating to Manga, Underground Comics or Graphic Novels. Even the 1940’s detective comics, the 1950’s horror sci-fi classics, that may predate us, still manage to affect us with their nostalgic aura. To many artists comic books were the first exposure to image making – here is your opportunity to reconnect with these roots!

Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale Martin Batchelor Gallery

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
 (250) 385-7919

Although I had already submitted my artwork to the printer for this show, I especially noticed these artworks during our trip to visit London galleries.

 

After Cristofano ALLORI (Florence 1557-1621 Florence).
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, oil on copper. prob. 16th century

The Jewish heroine Judith holds the head of the enemy Assyrian commander, Holofernes, whom she decapitated in his drunken sleep.

Julian Schnabel, Every Angel Has a Dark Side (exhibit), The Dairy, London, UK.

Media, Photos and Video of Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery. Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Hello! Many thanks to everyone who came to the Opening Reception of Ravenous at Alcheringa Gallery (June 23 – July 19, 2014) either in person, or in spirit. The show continues until July 19, 2014. The Alcheringa Gallery is downtown, located at 665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

SEE POST WITH ARTWORK/IMAGES FROM THE SHOW HERE

I am going to post media, photos and video here over the course of a couple of weeks, so please bookmark this page and visit often.

PHOTOS (By Claire Beauchamp / Alcheringa Gallery)

MEDIA:

Robert Amos, First Nations art, meet squirrels. Times Colonist, June 29, 2014, pg. D7

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014.

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Art Openings by Kate Cino
Read full article at: http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html 

Ravenous. Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at Alcheringa Gallery, by Philip Willey, Saturday, June 28, 2014
Read here: http://exhibit-v.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ravenous-carollyne-yardley-and-rande.html

VIDEO:

Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley at Alcheringa Gallery
Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Opening reception video, Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Pride in Art | June 27 – July 6, 2014. The Queer Truth and Nothing But | Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Pride in Art
June 27 – July 6, 2014.
The Queer Truth and Nothing But
Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Opening Reception: June 27, 2014,  7-10pm

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

 

I’m releasing to the public for the first time one of my DOT Pictograms. 

DOT (Department of Transportation) Pictograms and Icons.  Dot Pictograms are used to convey messages to travelers without using words; there are 50 official symbols worldwide.

I wanted to explore the how my artworks could convey messages without using a face of any kind, but still stay within the figurative art genre. And what they would look like by reducing and simplifying my understanding of what constitutes hair, and clothing, etc. Read more.

Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery | Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley | June 23-July 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: PHOTOS, VIDEO, AND MEDIA POSTED HERE

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

I’ll be exhibiting works in collaboration with Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa). I’m very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels are downright ecstatic, as well as ravenous.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.

"Ravenous"  by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

“Ravenous” by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here

Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.
Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief's Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief’s Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and primary source.

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and “beta” photo test.

Chief Rande Cook Squirrel, 36 x 48, Oil on wood Panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

Kate Cino, Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, June 23-July 19, 2014. Art Openings, June 16, 2014. Weblog.

Screen capture of Kate Cino's Art Openings.

Screen capture of Kate Cino’s Art Openings. June 16, 2014 http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

RAVENOUS

Alcheringa Gallery
featuring works by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
June 23 – July 19, 2014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm
665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1G6
T: 250.383.8224

GALLERY HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Extended Summer hours.

Editors Note:

I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show where 30 artists riffed off of a Gerhard Richter painting. We had both seen each others works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s curated show Urban Thunderbirds (with Francis Dick, LESSlie, and Dylan Thomas), was on at the same time as #Strangelings, Massey Gallery, AGGV

Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery: Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

I’ll be exhibiting works in collaboration with Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa). I’m very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels are downright ecstatic, as well as ravenous.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.
Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here.

Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

 Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

RAVENOUS

Alcheringa Gallery
featuring works by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
June 23 – July 19, 2014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm
665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1G6
T: 250.383.8224

GALLERY HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Extended Summer hours.

Editors Note:

I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show where 30 artists riffed off of a Gerhard Richter painting. We had both seen each others works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s curated show Urban Thunderbirds (with Francis Dick, LESSlie, and Dylan Thomas), was on at the same time as #Strangelings, Massey Gallery, AGGV

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01 to Dec 2, 2013

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01-Dec 02, 2013

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01-Dec 02, 2013

Exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013

Slide Room Gallery
– Mon-Friday 9-5pm,
– Sat 10am-1pm
– Sunday 10am-5pm

2549 Quadra st.

Difference and Repetition” an exhibition which derives its title from the book of the same name by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, explores Deleuze’s concept of how a new series brings back an older series and transforms it into something completely new, so that repetition brings about difference.

30 artists from diverse backgrounds and working independently from one another will be contributing one unit (of exactly the same size) in a series derived from a single source – “Abstract painting (1985) 587-5″ by the German artist Gerhard Richter.

Richter’s work is in a sense itself a series; however in his case a series of unpredictable chaotic and gestural actions resulted in a single work which is impossible to recreate accurately. His series within a single work (Abstract painting (1985) 587-5) will itself be transformed into a new series consisting of 30 original works.

Exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday Nov. 1 @ 7 : 30 pm
Slide Room Gallery
2549 Quadra st.

Curated by Efren Quiroz

 

Articles and Media

30 artists offer their versions of one work, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Nov 09, 2013

30 artists offer their versions of one work, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Nov 09, 2013 – CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

Preview, The Gallery Guide, Christine Clark, Nov-Jan issue – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

Gerhard Richter Abstract painting (1985) 587-5

Gerhard Richter Abstract painting (1985) 587-5

 

Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter) 30x30, Oil on canvas, 2013

Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter) 30×30, Oil on canvas, 2013

Additionally:

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Carollyne Yardley’s Artist Statement
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the Moon rabbit, or the Virgin Mary imprinted on toast.

Like many humans, I tend to seek patterns in random information by looking for meaningfulness. While studying the Gerhard Richter painting, my mind immediately went to work.

I worked using the general layout and colour scheme of the original piece, and incorporated my intuition, sub consciousness, imagination and memory. A departure from my typical process, I “found” the droids I was looking for.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Robert McTavish, Harry Stanbridge, Roberta Pyx Sutherland, Roy Green, Paul Peregal, Brad Pasutti, Tanta Pennington, Irma Soltanovich, Wendy Welch, Rande Cook, Ira Hoffecker, James Gordaneer, Kate Scoones, Lance Austin Olsen, Phyllis Serota, Carollyne Yardley, Dale Roberts, Jillian Player, Christine Clark, Tony Bounsall, June Higgins, Arlene Nesbitt, Dallas Valdas Duobaitis, Pete Kohut, Martin Batchelor, Logan Ford, Debora Alanna, Shawn Shepherd, Victoria Edgarr, Jeanne Cannizzo, Philip Willey, Jason Stovall, John Luna

PHOTOS OF OPENING NIGHT

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Robers (photo by John Harris)

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Robers (photo by John Harris)

Phyllis Serota and Carollyne Yardley

Phyllis Serota and Carollyne Yardley

Hailey Finnigan, Carollyne Yardley, Brad Pasutti

Hailey Finnigan, Carollyne Yardley, Brad Pasutti

Blythe Scott, Lance Austin Olsen, and curator Efren Quiroz

Blythe Scott, Lance Austin Olsen, and curator Efren Quiroz

 

Lance Austin Olsen and Carollyne Yardley (sort of proof we exist).

Lance Austin Olsen and Carollyne Yardley (sort of proof we exist).

 

 

Media Coverage: #Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.

 

TESTIMONIAL

Just a thanks for attending the opening. We’re all buzzing over the tremendously great turnout. A great boost for gallery’s exposure to a new audience. Thanks for helping us show our adventurous and fun side – not just a museum!

Sherry Willing
Art Rental and Sales Consultant
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
http://www.aggv.ca 
 

Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” News at 5, CTV News, October 18, 2013.

Promo Video for Carollyne Yardley by Jen Steele Photography


Video of Opening Reception by Efren Quiroz at Exhibit-V.ca

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery
October 17 – November 10, 2013
Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Amy Smart. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.”
Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry - Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry – Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

When you make art for the digital world, the public may not recognize it as such. That’s a lesson that Carollyne Yardley learned when she first made the switch to painting full-time, after a career as creative director at Star Global Advanced IT Corp., a company she co-founded.

“That was a big surprise for me when I had my career change three years ago,” Yardley said. “A lot of my old clients were like, ‘I didn’t know you were artistic.’ And I thought that was a surprise and a great tragedy.”

But creativity has been part of the job description for all three of the local artists represented in #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards, a show that runs today through Nov. 10 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery.

KANO/APPS lead concept artist Jose Brand and Paul Dowd, who spent six years as lead artist for Zynga (which included overseeing the creation of the creatures for social networking game FarmVille) are “going analogue” with the show of paintings, alongside Yardley.

Art directors can play many roles, but they generally take charge of the look and feel of software interfaces and content. For Yardley, that has meant everything from branding to designing templates based on pyschological studies about what attracts clicks.

For Dowd and Brand, it has meant drawing the in-game art and building worlds for FarmVille and now Tiny Mod Games (Dowd), as well as Zombie Slayer, Pirate Clan and Viking Clan (Brand).

“It’s slowly changing, but I do agree. People think that computers are almost a trick: Not necessarily a tool, like a paintbrush,” Brand said. “But the techniques are actually very similar.”

Brand follows the same process when creating a painting that he does with his digital art: beginning with silhouettes, then filling out details, lighting and shadows.

“It’s all technique that I’ve used in digital artwork, which helps me build up my traditional paintings.”

Dowd says his digital work has made him work a lot faster. Although he began painting in high school, he said he hasn’t done it in years. After spending the first two years as the sole artist for Zynga, then advancing to lead a team of artists for four years at FarmVille, he has redirected his professional energies to creating mobile games for Tiny Mod Games. Recently, he returned to the canvas.

“It’s been a long time since I picked up a paintbrush, so that’s been really fun,” Dowd said.

And for Yardley, the attention to detail she developed working with software — down to the tiniest pixel— as well as the ability to visualize how those details will come together to make a bigger picture, has translated into her paintings.

Yardley typically paints detailed portraits where the human figure is replaced with a squirrel.

While Yardley, Dowd and Brand each said they incorporated processes and elements of their digital art in their painting, they also said they get something different out of fine art.

“It’s all creative, whatever I like. The fine-art stuff is quite expressive,” said Dowd.

Brand said he feels like his digital art goes hand-in-hand with his painting. Most of his paintings now begin with a digital mock up — rarely does he begin by picking up a pencil and paper anymore.

But the product is different.

“I really love having that finished work in the end — something to hold up and put on the wall. It’s definitely a different feeling.

Read Original Print Article: Times Colonist, Oct 17, 2013, Pg C6

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19