Wednesday, May 5, 2010

On the Color Green, Port Moody Arts Centre (Apr 28 - May 10, 2010)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

3D Gallery - Thinking about Green, group show

The artists in the 3D Gallery responded to the Port Moody Arts Centre’s call for submission
to a thematic show whose subject is the colour green and it was up to the artists how they interpreted it. The Arts Centre was looking for interesting, innovative, creative and insightful works that investigate the colour green.

The selected artists show a wide range of different interpretations. Painter, Alexis J. Beringer is interested in colour as independent means of expressing significant form. Painter, Melanie Cossey is fascinated with 19th century green majolica with its molded surfaces and colourful glazes which she contrasts on her paintings with brightly coloured vegetables. Richard Motchman, also a painter, looks at the surface of water, the infinite shades of green of the Okanagan Lake which he represents in a three dimensional painting manipulated by the viewer. For jewelry designer, Amanda Maxwell green equals growth. Her ‘floatsam’ pieces, wire and fibre jewelry, are inspired by her parents’ garden and the deep darkness of temperate rainforests. Ron Simpson, a former architect, is interested in the studies of buildings and landscape and his five colour linocut print is a study of a nearby house enshrouded in a halo of foliage and overgrown grass.

Sanghyuan Samuel Kim and Ian Freemantle both use found objects and household materials in creating their sculptural objects but Kim’s work is inspired by a literal object, a tree in the park, while Freemantle gets his inspiration from the material itself which he transforms into new objects.

Artist, Christopher Rodrigues creates his photographic work that resembles collage and painting by “borrowing” pixels of colour from images found on the internet. He entirely excludes the camera from the artistic process. He approaches his work as a “regenerative” project in that “it will change in a manner similar to how the Earth is diversifying in the face of global warming and other cataclysmic events.”