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EXCAVATING - CURATED BY KATHERINE SIMUNKOVIC - AUGUST 2017

Katherine Simunkovic is a student studying at Grant MacEwan University, majoring in History and Anthropology. Her passion for art and history and her recent involvement with an excavation in Edmonton's Millcreek Ravine have been the impetus for her first curated show at The Front Gallery. Featuring gallery represented artists as well as several other Canadian and International artists, Katherine hopes to share her experience of the raw and organic nature of archaeological work with this exhibition.
 
IN MEMORY OF DOUGLAS JAMHA - JULY 2017
On July 22, 2017, we gathered at The Front Gallery to celebrate the life of Douglas Jamha, who passed away suddenly on May 21, 2017,at 65 years of age.​​​​

Douglas leaves to mourn his mother, Alice who loved him dearly. His sister-in-law Bonnie whom he loved and admired. Doug was predeceased by his father Roy; brother Allan; grandparents Jamha and Cronk.

 
PADDY LAMB:​ ALL BONES AND BROKEN TREASURES - JUNE 2017
 ‘All Bones and Broken Treasures’ is the chrysalis of a memory and the phantom of what once was. Through a series of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and installation, Edmonton based artist Paddy Lamb documents the physical impact society has on the environment and illustrates the shifting balance between man and nature.​

Derived from his observations of structures found in the land, Paddy Lamb creates contrasting compositions that are embedded with moments of introspection. “Rather than confining a definition of landscape to the sensations that accompany the first encounter, I am more interested in what Robert Macfarlane so aptly describes as landscapes which are ‘withdrawn from actuality’ but inhabited by memories to which we form deep and lasting attachments”.

Paddy Lamb’s abstraction follows the same cyclic pattern as a memory. Elements that were once concrete in its structure and form decomposes and erodes as ghosts of his mark making are left behind. It is within these faded impressions that the line between reality and imagination begin to blur and we begin to question the conventional notion of a structure. “I'm interested in what is abandoned, neglected and left behind as part of the landscape”.

 
JEFF SYLVESTER: SIGNALS​ - MAY 2017
​Through an intricate process of layering thick coats of resin between paint, wood panel, and frisket, Jeff Sylvester is able to create dynamic compositions that move and shift with the changing light throughout the day. “The paint plays a crucial role in that it is the colour and texture to the image, but it’s the resin that brings it to life”.​​

In his latest body of work entitled Signals, Jeff Sylvester focuses on the integration of technology in natural landscape. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to gaze upon an open field without coming upon a communication tower or building with its aircraft warning lights looming in the background.” Sylvester uses these structures and lights as a motif that speaks to the desensitization of technology in nature: “These red eyed sentinels seemingly keep watch over the land with passive indifference. As time moves forward, they increasingly become just another element of our environment that we notice less of everyday.”

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Jeff Sylvester first began his art career twenty years ago after graduating with graphic design from Grant MacEwan University. Sylvester’s work can be seen in private and corporate collections all across Canada.​
 
DISSEMINATE: APRIL 2017 
​Mastering the medium of encastic, Tony Scherman skillfully layers historical reference and the human condition to reveal translucency and light where there was once darkness. He seeks truth, with the hope that the viewer will understand, without omitting ideas that contribute to the whole.

Art holds the power to make you question, reflect, and embrace the past, present and future. When faced with a climate of economic, political, and social unrest it is the responsibility of the gallery to spread and disperse art as a platform for discussion.

Disseminate is a group show that speaks to a greater power outside the walls of the gallery. It's a call to collectors and patrons of the arts to see art as a catalyst to question, to react, and to simply feel.
 
WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY: ROBERT LEMAY
​We are so pleased to welcome Robert Lemay to The Front Gallery.

Robert Lemay has been an important figure in the Edmonton art scene for over 30 years. His painterly exploration of still-life conventions through the reproduced image hints at the pixel grids that are so familiar in our increasingly digital world. Lemay offers us the opportunity to slow down for a moment and appreciate the time and detail that goes into each part to create the whole.

Robert's new series is titled "Big Screen TV". He uses his grid technique to highlight the digital. These days oil paintings often compete for wall space with big screen TVs and this series plays with that reality.

In Lemay's series "Grid", he paints square by square, row by row. The painting may appear digitized but is meticulously hand painted. Leaving traces of the process creates a tension between the image and the squares of tone and colour which are reassembed by the eye.

 
WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY: RIC KOKOTOVICH
We are pleased to welcome Ric Kokotovich to The Front Gallery.

In the world of Canadian artist Ric Kokotovich, no image is sacred. All are malleable and transient. All are fair game. They are created, then fragmented, reduced, degraded, recombined and re-imagined. Kokotovich explores themes of decay and rebirth, sometimes literally, sometimes through clues hidden in the history of pixels. His work walks a line between intention and discovery, between abstraction and representation. It is sometimes romantic, often sensual and always surprising.

Kokotovich began his career as a documentary photographer, mounting his first solo show in 1984. Over the next decade Ric received enthusiastic reviews for his exhibitions in Calgary, Prague and San Francisco. He then turned his attention to film-making where he garnered attention for Claire, which was nominated for a Canadian Genie Award, and Beauty Crowds Me, which screened at many prestigious festivals around the world. Beauty Crowds Me was also part of an exhibition of Bravo films that showed at MOMA in New York. Ric’s dramatic directorial debut, Bitter My Tongue, was given the Audience Choice Award at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. In 2005, inspired by the creative potential of digital media, Kokotovich renewed his focus on still imagery. His current work draws on his hard-earned technical mastery of media, and reflects his unrelenting, exuberant, experimental spirit.

WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY: TONY SCHERMAN
We are so pleased to welcome Tony Scherman to The Front Gallery. Tony (born 1950 – Toronto, Canada) ranks among the leading figurative artists of his generation. Coming of age at a time when Pop Art and Conceptualism prevailed in the 1970s, Scherman opted to pursue traditional figuration, focusing on portraiture. Working in the unusual media of encaustic, dissolving pigment into melted wax that is swiftly applied in translucent layers to the canvas, Scherman achieves a life-like essence, telegraphing moments of psychological intensity in his magnified faces. Although classical in appearance, Scherman's dramatic portraits are contemporary meditations on a range of character types encompassing villains and celebrities, bombshells and intellectuals. Born in Toronto in 1950 and received an MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 1974, Tony has since exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Scherman’s work is represented in many private and public collections, among them the Los Angeles County Museum, Denver Museum of Art, San Diego Museum, High Museum Atlanta, Library of Congress, Washington, Contemporary Arts Society London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Pompidou Centre, Paris, F.R.A.C. Ile de France, Schlossmuseum Murnau, Germany, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 
WELCOME TO THE FRONT GALLERY: ALLAN THOMAS
We are pleased to welcome Edmonton-based artist Allan Thomas to our list of gallery represented artists.   Allan is an artist that works in Realism. He finds inspiration from the everyday buildings that surround us. Areas normally taken for granted and otherwise overlooked are recreated in exquisite detail, engaging the viewer and inviting them to find beauty in the mundane.
 
Allan works from his own source material and has been called a photorealist because of the attention to detail he puts into each work, a term he shrugs off for Allan's objective is not to emulate a photo or trick the eye. He generally works from two or more images for one piece and doesn’t follow the source material per batten, correcting photographic distortions, editing and working intuitively Allan strives to pull out the essence from the image in a way that recreates his initial memories and incites he felt at the moment of inspiration.

 
 
LESLEY FINLAYSON: CULMINATION - MARCH 2017
Lesley Finlayson is a Scotland born artist who moved to Canada in 1987 and currently works out of her studio in Vancouver, BC. Her work has been collected throughout Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and can be seen in public collections such as Esso Petroleum Canada and Sceptre Resources ltd.
 
Moving continuously between abstraction and representation, Lesley’s paintings are guided by the dialogue of colour and light that each new place she visits elicits. In her new body of work entitled “Culmination”, Lesley captures the intense peak of energy of Edmonton’s River Valley right before the season transition from fall to winter. “It felt like a very vital moment, a final hurrah before all the leaves dropped and the land went to sleep to regenerate for the following Spring”. Each painting hinges on the very tension of nature and the sense of urgency to capture vital elements of colour and form before the energy of the land shifts into hibernation.  
 
 
INFOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - FEBRUARY 2017
The Front Gallery teamed up with award winning artist and arts advocate, Alexis Marie Chute for the 2017 InFocus Photography
Exhibit. InFocus is a groundbreaking national-level photo exhibit that promotes and celebrates photography by Canadian Artists. ​​