The Herringer Kiss Gallery is proud to present “Your Name Here” by acclaimed International artist, Attila Richard Lukacs. This exhibition will showcase two series of collage paintings done simultaneously between 2013 and 2014 titled Proscenium and Camp David. The many influences, references and iconography in these works are expertly woven together to form a tapestry of art history and social/political realities.
A proscenium is the frame device for stages in theatres through which the audience views the theatrical performance. "It can be considered a social construct which divides the actors and their stage-world from the audience which has come to witness it.” – Wikipedia. In these works, Attila incorporates framing and theatrical devices in his compositions and includes fabric, braiding, fringe and text to create works that allude to world stages, performances and what has been curated for public viewing. References to Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (which was so named because the score is thought to have been a concept for a Macbeth Opera) can be seen in the ghostly profiles and the repetition of imagery. The paintings and the studio become the stage for the ghost trio. The Camp David works are in essence, concrete poetry. The Xeroxed poster-like text is deconstructed and reconstructed onto works to become more than mere words but symbol. The image of Michelangelo’s David alongside the repeated text CAMP DAVID, DAVID CAMP, conjures notions of everyday heroics against larger Machiavellian forces and also as a symbol for Queer identity. The other most obvious reference is to the US Presidential retreat and so Lukacs has woven interesting and meaningful links between these works of stages, performances, open and closed curtains and political machinations. As Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage”.
Curated by Kevin Kanashiro
July 6th to August 31st, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, July 6th 2 to 5 pm.
Curator and Artist Remarks at 3:30 pm.
Artists include; Dana Prediger, Dan Hudson, Paul Jackson, Shelley Ouellet,
Drunken Paw (Leslie Sweder, Janet Turner, Mark Dicey), Tim Watkins,
Rob Hilton, Nelson Henricks, Brian Flynn, Ted Williams and Don McVeigh.
Kevin Kanashiro is a Master Fine Art Framer and Art Consultant based in Calgary. Kevin studied Fine Art at the University of Lethbridge and the Alberta College of Art Design. He has worked for the Mira Godard Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery and volunteered many hours to the New Gallery and Stride Gallery. Kevin has worked as an art consultant for decades including such collections as; Penn West, Alberta Securities, Parlee McLaws, Farmboy Fine Art and numerous others in Western Canada and abroad.
Blake Senini - Dear Nevermore
March 23 to May 5, 2019 Extended to June 1, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, March 23rd from 2 to 5 pm.
Artist in Attendance.
Blake Senini is one of Alberta’s most highly regarded sculptors. Blake was born in 1954 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in Sculpture in 1975 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1981. Blake is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, for over 40 years. Blake lives and works in Calgary, Alberta and is a Professor Emeritus of the Sculpture Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Light and photography, with their peculiar characteristics and relationships to form, have always been of particular interest to Blake’s studio practice and research. There is an intention in his works to invite the viewer to participate in a kind of narrative and to remind themselves of their own capacities to interpret images presented to them. Just as one understands a photograph, a film, a book, or a work of art, we all have our own ideas and meanings distilled from the images presented to us in our daily lives and our own responses to them. As an artist, Blake guides people to make their own interpretations and conclusions towards an understanding and it is precisely this autonomy that is of the upmost interest to Blake and his sculpture practice. In the end the viewer has the power to decide what his work means and its relationships, if any, to their own experiences.
David Burdeny - Svanire 2010-2018
February 9 to March 26, 2019
Artist Reception, Saturday, February 9th from 2 to 5 pm.
These photographs were made in some of France and Italy's most iconic locations. Taken between the years 2010 - 2018, many of them are being made available for the first time. In these photographs, static elements slowly build within the frame during an extended daytime exposure, while dynamic elements trace a passage between buildings and along pathways. Several are multiple exposures taken over the course of a day and later recomposed into a single frame. This tension between motion and status is the heart of this series – space and time in parallax - merging and slipping together like two gears. I see each image as diagram for how we experience the world - that which our minds imagine, what our physical bodies experience and the lived experiences it projects back at us.
BLACK (A Group Show)
January 12 to February 2, 2019
Opening Reception, Saturday, January 12th from 2 to 5 pm
“Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence or complete absorption of visible light. It is often used symbolically or figuratively to represent darkness, while white represents light.” (Wikipedia)
Black has always had a significant role in the art world. Whether it describes the mood or emotional resonance in work such as Goya’s “Black Paintings” (1819-1923) or the colour of rebellion and breaking from the entrenched canons of art history as with Malevich’s “Black Square”(1915) or the colour for the ultimate minimalist work as with Frank Stella’s Black paintings (1959), Black has always been that edgy, spiky, inky colour de rigueur for the avant garde. Even today, there is controversy over who has domain over the “truest” black paint on the market as battled out between Anish Kapoor and Stuart Semple.
Works in this show carry on the many traditions of “black paintings”, ranging from moody to suspenseful , large abstract expressionist to highly refined minimalist, figurative to abstract. Artists include Michael Davidson, Mario Trejo, Ken Webb, Dennis Ekstedt, Angela Grossmann, Jason Frizzell, Blake Senini, Mara Korkola, Shelley Adler and Attila Richard Lukacs.