Date: May 1 • 2020
End date: May 28 • 2020
May 1 • 7pm to 9pm • 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
The art teachers of District 43 are creative individuals who are dedicated to pursuing their own practices in connection with, and outside of, the duties of teaching students. The works in this exhibition are samples of the varied and creative talent amongst our staff. The exhibition includes ceramics, photography, paintings and mixed media works all produced within the last two years. Summers or times away, such as Spring Break, are the most fruitful times for art production; having breathing space before and after creating makes it easier to get back into a personal creative zone. We hope you enjoy seeing what we have been up to outside the classroom!
Please note: the Leonore Peyton Salon is a multi-purpose space; therefore, viewing times are limited. Please call 604.664.1636 for viewing availability prior to your visit.
Marion-Lea Jamieson is interested in the concept of time and time-based transitions between states of being. The early paintings in this exhibition use an abstract approach to depict the breakdown of matter through time, illustrating through abstract form matter coalescing then fragmenting again. The more recent paintings introduce schematic images to examine the linear concept of time, moving forward into the future and out of the past.
Jamieson is interested in alternative explanations of time as circular or even illusory. She questions if newer is better, if technological changes improve our lives and if we are progressing toward a better, more modern future. Jamieson also challenges the idea that art created today is superior to what came before. This exhibition confronts the Avant Garde rejection of the past, bringing art boldly into the present day and charting a more relevant path into the future.
Jamieson’s paintings are modernist in that they experiment with form, use techniques that highlight the process and materials and are removed from the realist tradition. Jamieson negotiates a path between aesthetic appeal and sterile abstraction, between the grip of the past and newness for its own sake.
While her current work has conceptual motivation, Jamieson wants to communicate the joy of colour, line and form depicted in oil paint – to communicate at a visceral rather than an intellectual level.
Deanna Fligg’s fascination with pollinators began in 2006 when she started photographing them. In 2012, she watched a documentary called “Vanishing of the Bees”, which illuminated the issue of thousands of bees disappearing from their hives and dying. After watching this documentary, Fligg was inspired to paint.
As Fligg painted, her love for pollinators including butterflies, bats and more continued to grow. Fligg developed her own style of painting using various materials. Her style is characterized by geometrical and stylized shapes and textures with realistic and silhouetted subject matter. Like the macro photography that she bases her paintings on, the backgrounds in Fligg’s work are indistinguishable shapes and textures. These shapes symbolize the pollinator’s lives, their world is blurry and survival is not guaranteed. The textures are a symbol of hope to mend what is broken in their lives. The bold colours in her paintings represent how Fligg views pollinators, incredibly strong and full of life. Fligg’s newest creations combine these elements to portray an organically nurtured Earth and a pollinator friendly garden.
Through art, Fligg sheds light on the importance of pollinators to our ecosystem and their current peril. Without pollinators, our lifestyles would be drastically impacted.