October 5 - December 6, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: October 11, 2014, 1-5 pm, Bridgeland Market (1104 1 Ave NE)
Eveline Kolijn explores forms and patterns in Nature and the relationship between our society and the natural environment. Her intense interest in the field of Art & Science has led to her current project, in which she seeks to visually express Breath and state of the art research into early lung-cancer detection.
Healthy air is important in a city and to our wellbeing. It is dependent on our exchange with plants and algae: we inhale the oxygen they produce and they use the carbon dioxide we exhale.
The good news is that when Caterina Pizanias went looking for a few good women artists to feature in her exhibition Lure of the Local: Women Artists in Canadian Land(scape), a number of them came with Alberta artistic roots.
The not-so-hot news, for art lovers interested in checking out the show? Grab a passport and check your Aeroplan points.
That’s because the exhibition, which features ten Canadian mid-career and emerging women artists including Julie Cosgrove, Raina Enns, Sara Girletz, Jamie Gray, Kim Huynh, Andrea Kastner, Annie King, Eveline Kolijn, Galia Kwetny nd Romy Straathof, opens Tuesday out of town — all the way over in Athens, Greece, at the Vorres Museum.
The show celebrates the connection between Canada and Greece. It is part of a series of exhibitions featuring Canadian artists.
“It’s actually a very positive connection,” Pizanias says. “The Greeks love Canada.”
Pizanias didn’t set out to create a show that was heavy on artists whose artistic roots are in Alberta. It just happened that way.
“It’s basically an accident of biography,” Pizanias says. “I have studied, lived and curated in Alberta and know Alberta very well. I’ve seen that Alberta has some of the most vibrant artistic expressions and so ... even though half of these artists now, they have graduated and moved to Ontario or B.C., (they have their roots here.)
“I don’t have anything against any of the other areas,” she adds, “but that’s the one (I know).”
Some of the work, such as the installation created by Eveline Kolijn and Romy Straathof, even features a little bit of southern Alberta terra firma, Pizanias says.
“They actually have created paper and ink from plants outside Calgary,” she says. “In a way, I’m taking a bit of Canada (to Athens). (The piece is literally) part of the land.”
The exhibition is the closing event of a year-long celebration of the 70 year presence of the Canadian Embassy in Greece.
Pizanias was invited to submit a proposal for an exhibition as a result of a show she curated for the Triangle Gallery, featuring Canadian sculptors, that was part of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
That show was a big hit — in part, she says, because Greeks and Canadians share similar cultural anxieties in a way.
“One thing that is common between Canadians and Greeks,” she says, “is that we (both) became nations in the 19th century.
“Our art system came to Canada via England. The art system that’s here went to Greece via Germany.
We have spent all this time trying to figure out, what is Greek land, or what is Canadian land — so we have a lot of common anxieties if you want to think of it this way.”
What Lure of the Local explores is the way in which the landscape still dominates and moves our cultural imagination, in large ways and small, she says.
“Each one of them has a poetics of the land that is very different,” Pizanias says.
“Basically, whenever I curate, I try to find artists who are doing small tweaking of the canon,” she says. “Art revolutions, they don’t last, but they poke a hole, so we can see whatever they tell us, differently.
“And many of these artists I met through my research for the Esker Foundation exhibit (The New Alberta Contemporaries, in Inglewood).
“And I thought, if I’m going to put together a show to celebrate Canada to celebrate Canada’s presence in Greece, I wanted to do something different.”
For example, she cites B.C. glass artist Jamie Gray, who has created an installation straight out of a Gordon Lightfoot song.
“(She) has created a highway with fused glass,” Pizanias says, “And ... talks about our unending transfer-trucks, always in motion, and how much this motion allows us to have a sense of Canada.
“Each one of them has beautiful-to-look-at art, but each wants us to rethink the land and the people.”
THE ECOLOGICAL MESH - exhibition statement
My interest in the sciences of natural history, biology and complexity theory is expressed through printmaking and small, sculptural installations made from found synthetic materials. By constructing organisms from plastic and Styrofoam, which share the same source as petroleum, I connect consequences of the consumption of fossil fuels in our society with the beauty and fragility of the natural world.
Inspiration for my work flows from exploring the concept of the Biosphere, of living matter being inseparably connected within the geological envelope of the earth. In contemporary thought, Timothy Morton defines interconnectedness in Nature as the Ecological Mesh.
- Eveline Kolijn
Explore creative options of printing a plate with a press. Starting with monoprint, the method of painting an image on a plate and printing the resulting image on paper with printing inks, you will be familiarized with a printing press, and further learn to manipulate your plate with engraving methods, such as dry-point and etching on copper. You will be encouraged to experiment by combining the learned techniques of monotype and etching in one print or be free to focus on mastering one of the techniques.
Instructor: Eveline Kolijn
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013
SDA: Alberta is having its first meeting in Calgary
Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB
1327 9 avenue SE Calgary AB
by Eveline Kolijn and Romy Straathof
Romy and Eveline will tell us about their project Paper Landscape, how their struggles with otherwise medicinal plants sometimes found them suffering for their art... yet the results are spectacular...
You will marvel at the varieties of paper surfaces that they produced and the efforts they went to to ensure true commitment to environmental considerations.
'branches prairie crocus'
It is a colourful story that will be told in an endearing manner and many of the results of their labours will be on display for you to examine and enjoy.
This is an SDA event but all are welcome.
Non-SDA members will be asked to make a small donation.
RSVP to email@example.com
all photos courtesy of Romy Straathof and Eveline Kolijn
On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, we visited the oldest cathedral of the Americas, on which construction started in the 1504, twelve years after Columbus arrived on its shores.
There, in a forgotten corner outside the Catedral Primada de América, we discovered a row of gargoyles in the shape of winged, feathered wolves. They had never been mounted on the unfinished top of the cathedral. They were old and weathering had exposed the coral structures that are embedded in the local limestone from which they were carved.
What symbolism do these creatures represent, these curiously feathered Dogs of God - the Domini Canis, in the context of the Conquest of the Americas?
They sit howling to the sky, and it seemed to me, that they were lamenting for the past; the perished, native, Taino Culture, - and for the future; the current growing loss of coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Lamento del Caribe – Colón (2012)
Lamento del Caribe – Taino (2012)
Lamento del Caribe – Coral (2012)
JUNE 15 – AUGUST 29, 2012
The New Alberta Contemporaries is the inaugural exhibition for the Esker Foundation. One of its primary objectives is to celebrate the creative potential of recent fine arts graduates from all the degree granting institutions across Alberta. The 47 artists were chosen for the ability with which their practice moves across disciplines in the emerging post-disciplinary and post studio age.
The New Alberta Contemporaries exhibition is a snapshot of a cultural moment in the province of Alberta. It is neither representative nor thematic, although a series of "themes" have emerged. While one will not see the grand geopolitical issues that play out on the international stage in the exhibition, one will instead see elements of the artists' personal histories becoming staging grounds for exciting explorations in areas such as landscape/geography, gender, sexuality, the body, memories, and ecology
With the range of materials and theoretical approaches employed by the artists, the works can be seen as a series of possible conversations between artists, interweaving various common approaches found in their work. The exhibition is a travel story of sorts—across Alberta's institutions and faculties of art, artists' studios, and galleries alike—providing a window into the future of contemporary art in the province. Variety and commonalities have been found in the "temperaments" of the various institutions and the balance they have attained between studio practice, theory, and scientific research.
For the next ten weeks, the Esker Foundation will become a platform for this burgeoning class of art graduates, assisting them in developing their practice and allowing them to professionally exhibit their work at a time when both the market and government funding are shrinking.
- Caterina Pizanias
Jennifer Akkermans | Carolyn Bailey | Carissa Baktay | Nika Blasser | John Brosz | Stacey Brown | Matthew Brunning | Sheelagh Carpendale | Julie Cosgrove | Jane Durham | Raina Enss | Anna Gaby-Trotz | Yan Geng | Sara Girletz | Jamie Gray | Jill Ho-You | Whitney Horne | Leslie Hunter | Andrea Kastner | Annie King | Daniel J. Kirk | Lindsay Knox | Eveline Kolijn | Edith Krause | Galia Kwetny | Craig Le Blanc | Tyler Los-Jones | Colin Lyons | Maria Madacky | Emma McLay | Lindsay McDonald | Martina MacDonald-Blériot | Stephanie Murray | Miguel Nacenta | Leah Nowak-Petrucci | Shanell Papp | Mark Porcina | Patrick J. Reed | Landon Scott | Danielle Smerek | Kristin Smith | Richard Smolinski | Dana Tosic | Hope Wells | Ben Williamson | Ryan Wolters | Michelle Yong
Local Paper Landscape - a year-long paper-project by Romy Straathof & Eveline Kolijn
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Science and nature inspire my art. My work investigates form and pattern in nature, organisms, and mechanisms. I also investigate the relationship of Man with Nature. I create dialectic between natural structures and man-made constructions. This opposition appears formal in contrasting organic shapes against Euclidean, rigid structures, but underneath is often a commentary on the relationship between human society and the natural environment.