Drama of Perception
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Stephanie Aitken | Katie Lyle | Shelley Penfold
"Looking at a painting, what do you expect? Do you know everything a painting can do? What do you want from it? What do you hope for?…Do we look AT the world? Or do we look INTO the world? Do we know the world inwardly, as if the membrane of our body is permeable to that which is outside of it? Do you doubt what you see? Do you ever fall completely into and beyond what a painting brings to your perception? One should hope for that moment that knows beyond words." – Excerpt from the essay "The Drama of Perception" by Sandra Meigs http://deluge.ws/dupcome.html
Stephanie Aitken is a painter based in Vancouver whose recent exhibitions include Aitken, Donald and Neufeld, Balcone, Vancouver 2011, New Land Paintings, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria 2011, Added Value, Platform Centre, Winnipeg 2010, Headlands, Helen Pitt Gallery ARC, Vancouver 2005 and Mount Analog, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax 2007. A recipient of awards from the Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council, Aitken has had critical notice of her work published in The Vancouver Review, The Walrus, C Magazine and Border Crossings. Residencies include Studio Time, Work of the Living Watch with Geoffrey Farmer at the Banff Centre in 2012. Aitken received an MFA from the University of Victoria. She teaches at Langara College and Emily Carr University.
Katie Lyle received her MFA from the University of Victoria in 2009. She was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition in 2012, where her work was awarded Honorable Mention and included in an exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery. Lyle has exhibited across Canada and recently contributed a short text for an exhibition publication by artist Shawn Kuruneru (New York). She lives and works in Vancouver.
Shelley Penfold is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her practice takes her inside and out of the studio to make works that explore time, space and formal elements to contemplate the nature of expression and the mind at play. At times her canvases are pushed to the limit physically, employing various types of media such as oil and spray paint as well as fire and rain, only to be reined in and brought back to a place of mysterious calm. She completed a BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and a MFA at the University of Victoria in 2009. Her work has been shown across Canada and resides in private and public collections.
Sandra Meigs is a painter based in Victoria, BC. Her early work in painting, based in emotive narrative visual form, received critical recognition in the Toronto scene in the 80s for exhibitions at such places as YYZ Artist Outlet, Mercer Union and the Ydessa Hendeles Gallery. Purgatorio, A Drinkingbout, based on Meigs' experience in Berlin prior to the collapse of the wall, included a film, set designs and a series of gouache storyboards. The Western Gothic, first exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, then at the Ydessa Foundation, included a film, drawing, theatrical painting and fiction. Her work has recently been shown in It Is What It Is at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Adaptation, Between Species at the Power Plant in Toronto, and she participated in BC Scene, with her solo work titled Strange Loop at the Carlton University Art Gallery in Ottawa. Meigs' interest in philosophical ideas leads her to deep commitment to the potential that art is a form of inquiry involved in all aspects of experience and thought. Meigs teaches Painting and Visual Structures in the Imaginative Realm at the University of Victoria. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1975, and a MA in Philosophy from Dalhousie University in 1980. Her work is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.
Opening Friday, March 15, 7 to 10pm