Axis Contemporary Art presents “Tintinabulation” new urban abstract paintings by Calgary artist Verna Vogel Saturday April 20th – May 4th
Calgary, AB: The walls Axis Contemporary Art will be alive with the patterns, rhythms and colours of our urban environment later this month as Calgary artist Verna Vogel shows new paintings in a series called “Tintinabulation”.
Known for her vivid colours, textural stitched canvases and abstract motifs that suggest dense urbanization, Verna’s new series reflects a subtle shift in the artists’ perspective. For many years, Vogel both lived and painted in the downtown core of Calgary. Now, a move to the suburbs has altered her artistic vision. This series of paintings is her “tintinnabulation”, a visual echo of her late experience of urban immersion.
Visitors are welcome to “meet-the-artist” at the Opening Reception, Saturday April 20th from 2 – 5 pm. Axis Contemporary Art 2nd Level Art Central #203 – 100 7th Avenue SW
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Tintinnabulation tin-tin-nab-u-la-tion n. The ringing, jingling or tinkling sound of bells.
In the inner ear, there are tiny hairs which vibrate in response to sound waves, part of a
process which transmits sound to the brain, allowing it to register, filter and define sounds.
This, as we all know, is called “hearing”. Over time, the hearing process changes. Gradually, some of those tiny hairs are no longer able to stop vibrating, and will continue to vibrate even in a complete absence of sound. The speed at which this change happens is directly influenced by how much sound – how many decibels and for how long – the ears are exposed to.
The brain registers these unchecked vibrations as a kind of electric buzzing or bell-like ringing
Verna Vogel studied art at Capilano College in North Vancouver, and received a scholarship to study Chinese ink painting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 1 year. Following her studies abroad she spent 5 years honing her visual perception and rendering skills through an intensive, self-directed study of the human figure. In 2001, and she began directing her energies towards painting abstractly, focusing on urban and natural landscapes, creating imagery from memory and imagination. She calls herself an experimenter and inventor who uses paint, brushes, canvas and a sewing machine to make vibrantly original works of art.
Axis Contemporary Art is a commercial gallery that opened in Calgary’s Art Central building in 2005 and shows original artwork by professional artists working in different mediums. The gallery focuses primarily on Canadian art and looks for work that is fresh, engaging and dynamic. In additional to its representation of fine Canadian artists, the gallery also presents exhibitions for international artists such as iconic celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland, and The Glasgow Print Studio. Axis has also participated in arts festivals such as Exposure Photography Festival and OYR’s High Performance Rodeo.