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PHILLIP JARMAIN
BELLE ISLE AUARIUM, DETROIT, 2011
PART OF THE AMERICAN BEAUTY PROJECT

This exhibition presents the photographic work of Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain. Since 2010 Jarmain has been documenting the increasingly rapid destruction of Detroitʼs early twentieth-century buildings. His emphasis in this work is on the architecture itself of these vanishing edifices: The form and the detail. In Jarmainʼs own words: "These are the last large format architectural photographs for many of these structures." This is work of great visual impact, the scale and definition of the images translating for the viewer into space that one enters, a physical presence that one feels, and history that one contemplates.

DON MORRIS
SHAZAM II

Since retiring from his plastic surgery practice in 2002, Morris has transformed his lifelong passion of contemporary art into becoming a full-time artist. Shazam II is part of a series entitled “Searching for Heroes”, where comic strips are deconstructed and then re-built into multi-dimensional colourful and textural pieces. From a distance, the pieces appear to be quite abstract, but upon a closer look a story is told from the comic strip images, and particular word bubbles are selected carefully and are visible throughout.

BOBBI BURGERS
BRIEF CRACK OF LIGHT

Bobbie Burgers is well known for her large scale paintings possessing strong, assured brush work and a keen contemporary sense of colour.
Her work possesses a lusciousness; smooth yet wild textures and colours command the viewers attention and portray her subjects as fleeting moments in time. Believing that the tragedy of beauty is its inevitability to fade, Burgers’ work delves into complex and evolving ideas
surrounding life and the contradictions that exist within it.

OLA VOLO
CHANEL, 60"x48" ACRYLIC, OIL

Ola Volo, a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan who graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fina Arts, has a very distinctive style in her art. She draws from history, multiculturalism and folklore to bring together animals, people, architecture and nature into diverse narratives full of symbolism and elaborate forms. Each character that she creates has its own distinct personality and their stories celebrate the little surprises of everyday life.

KEVIN SPETIFORE | VANCOUVER, BC
COMPOSITION NUMBER THIRTY SEVEN

Kevin Spetifore was born in Vancouver and studied in SanFrancisco, at both the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and the Academy of Art College, and then at the Study Centre for the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts in London, England. Exposed to colour theory at the Schaeffer School, Spetifore discovered the many possibilities of colour as a visual language. His series of collages, using a palette of 160 colours of fine paper, have developed from automatic drawings that he has used to journal and communicate ideas visually. 

BRENT COMBER | NORTH VANCOVER, BC
THE SHATTERED SPHERE

Brent Comber was given wood from old growth trees that had fallen during a fateful storm in Vancouver’s renowned Stanley Park. Combined with the human desire to “fix” what had been destroyed, he reassembled the split wood into a dynamic Shattered Sphere, symbolizing the transformation of a community’s sadness into reverent artwork.

IAN MacDONALD | NARAMATA, BC
REBAR TREES

The trees at the entrance of Liquidity were designed by the owner Ian MacDonald. Inspired by Robert Evan’s trees at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles the trees at Liquidty were custom-built and installed in 2013. The interior has been planted with silver lace, a fast-growing plant, that will continuously bloom white throughout the summer.

MARK BALTES & KEN McCALL | BOISE, IDAHO
ARLO ARGOSERIS (MOUNTAIN DANDELION)

Mark Baltes and Ken McCall are the artists behind “Arlo Agoseris” (Mountain Dandelion), that just recently has been installed in Liquidity’s Chef’s garden. The liberal use of polished stainless steel and gleaming aluminum in the construction complements the architecture, and works as a stunning contrast to the spectacular backdrop of the Okanagan Valley.

JEFF BURGESS | VANCOUVER, BC
FEASTS OF THE FIELDS

Jeff Burgess is a practicing visual artist and illustrator with over 25 years experience. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his artwork appears in many collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. He also has work in the collections of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Microsoft, The Alberta Art Foundation and The Calgary Contemporary Arts Foundation. An honours graduate from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, he has made Vancouver his home since 1984.

CHARLES MALINSKY
BLACK CIRCUS

Charles Malinsky is an internationally acclaimed Canadian painter. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in countless publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him of one of the most dynamic figurative painters working in the 21st century.

JIM KAZANJIAN | PORTLAND, OREGON
BLACK & WHITE PHOTO COMPOSITE IMAGES

Inspired by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, artist Jim Kazanjian assembles foreboding buildings using snippets of photographs found in the Library of Congress archives. Equal parts secret lair, insane asylum, and the work of a deranged architect, Kazanjian’s collages are created from 50 to 70 separate photographs taken over the last century.

TEO GONZALEZ | BROOKLY, NEW YORK
TEN THOUSAND DOTS

Teo González was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1964. In 1997 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the California State University, Bakersfield, CA with a B.A. in Art. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

DAVID BURDENY | VANCOUVER, BC
RICE TERRACES

Primarily self taught, his architecture and design background greatly influences his penchant for simple exacting photographs of sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind. Influenced by notable photographers such Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Fay Goodwin, David purposefully photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes can not. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative.

JEFF BURGESS | VANCOUVER, BC
RED BRIGADE

Jeff Burgess is a practicing visual artist and illustrator with over 25 years experience. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his artwork appears in many collections throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. He also has work in the collections of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Microsoft, The Alberta Art Foundation and The Calgary Contemporary Arts Foundation. An honours graduate from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, he has made Vancouver his home since 1984.

ROSELINA HUNG | VANCOUVER, BC
MASH UP GIRL

Roselina Hung (b. 1980) is a visual artist with a MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK, and a BFA from the University of British Columbia. She also spent one year on exchange at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Her works have been exhibited internationally and can be found in private collections around the world. She has taught at Central Saint Martins and attended residencies at The Banff Centre, Ox-Bow School of Arts and SÍM Reykjavik. Roselina lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

JOHN DANN | CANADA
ARBUTUS II

John Dann left school at the age of sixteen and attended the Montreal Museum School of Art. At age eighteen he traveled to Italy where he briefly attended the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Carrara, before leaving the school to work in foundries and marble ateliers. He undertook numerous sculptured portraits of prominent Canadians, including John Diefenbaker, Dr. Wilder Penfield, Lester Pearson and Glenn Gould, as well as the bronze statue of Sir John A. Macdonald. In 1985 Dann moved to Massachusetts, a time that saw his sculpture became increasingly abstract. When he returned to Canada in 2008 there was again a demarcation that saw painting and colour become a more important element in his work.

MARTHA STURDY | VANCOUVER, BC
PEOPLE

Martha applies natural constitution and scale to her compositions, to harness nature’s emotive influence. Her simplified forms evoke Suprematism, however the rough edge is for her an important part of the balance between her own hand and the ruling force behind her creativity. Martha’s freestanding sculptures are as much a representation of our state among nature as they are a reflection of nature

MARTHA STURDY | VANCOUVER, BC
JACKSON SPHERE

These amazing hand crafted spheres are made of solid steel rods. Each one is an original, no two are the same. They are statement pieces and available in charcoal or rust colour.

TIM OKAMURA | BROOKLYN, NY
THE LIONESS

"Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of story-telling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs."

 

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