The project that I initiated last January is coming to fruition!
Just to reiterate: I asked 12 different artists to paint landscapes on canvases into which I had stitched city-inspired lines and textures. Everyone's response was very enthusiastic and so the project was born.
We will exhibit our works at the UAS satellite gallery from September 16th to October 7th, 2011. This week I have been collecting the images of everyone's works, and it looks like it will be a really great show!
Invite and blurb designed last night:
E C O S Y S T E M S
This group exhibition combines the work of 13 contemporary visual artists who live and work in Alberta. Together we explore ideas of natural landscape and urban environment.
Cities first grow upon a foundation of natural landscape. Over time they evolve and eventually deteriorate, becoming in their turn foundations for newly evolving natural landscapes. More time passes, another city is built over that landscape, and another landscape eventually grows over that city. One day our present cities will be just another layer in this cycle of environments built and grown - consciously constructed and naturally evolved - a cycle that moves backward and forward through time.
Verna Vogel, 2011