Pull on both ends of a rope, it straightens; but not completely. It remains a catenary curve, never straightening until the tension is infinitely great – there is always a curve. Begin at one end, follow the curve with your eye: you dip down into the curve before rising again at the opposite end.
Looking at an object, one sees a surface. To view with intention is to dip below the surface, to see more than what simply appears. If an image, showing a surface, manages to imply what is not on the surface, there is tension in it; the pull between what is shown, what is not shown.
Viewing such an image brings that tension within the eye, in the space between the eye and the image. Approached with intention, images act upon us, change us, grow us.
My intent is to create images that create that tension, reward us with that change; I leave it to the viewer to judge how well I may have succeeded.
When the Co-op art gallery in Fernwood closed, Victoria Artists, Arlene Nesbitt and Diana Durrand, decided to create another gallery for local artists to show their work. Searching for a suitable and affordable space was challenging!
It wasn't easy and money was tight but five years ago the Gage Gallery Arts Collective was created. I remember Arlene and Diana inviting me to join the group! I was so excited and honoured! I still am.
At that time the gallery was an artist's studio and needed much work to become the pristine space of a fine art gallery. With the help of fellow artists Yvonne Freigang, Joanne Hemond, Donald Ius, Dennis Shields and Francis Sullivan the gallery was fixed, painted and polished. The little gallery was ready for the first show in August 2014.
Since then every three weeks the gallery has presented the work of Victoria artists providing one of the few nonprofit venues in town.
The artist members have all brought a contribution to the fabric of the collective as we work together to take care of business, the gallery and the artists.
The 'Celebrate' show August 6 - 8th is an acknowledgment and thank you to the artists who created the gallery originally and the artists who have contributed along the way to keep this little gem alive and healthy. We actually have quite a 'fan base' of people who come by for each new show and Gage has become an active member of the Oak Bay community. Most of all Gage has provided a space for artist's to show their work and to share ideas and creative ventures with other artists. Thank you to our founders from all of us who have benefited from the creation of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective. Your creation has influenced many artists and the Oak Bay community.
Gallery Arts Collective
July 16 - August 3
Frances Beckow: Draw a Breath
“Draw A Breath” connects the focus of drawing with the breath work used for calming the mind and body in meditation. The drawings in this show represent the artist’s exploration of the theme that drawing is a calming and harmonious practice.
Quiet, peaceful and solitary, the act of implement on surface has the power to take down stress and power up creativity.
Opening - Sunday, July 21, 1-4pm.
Daily Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. 2031 Oak Bay Ave.
The works in 'Beauty of Waste' are made through different processes. In some I layout a basic geometrical design with straight or curved lines, then fill the spaces, juxtaposing straight cut pieces from two different source materials. Maintaining the sequence of the cuts allows the viewer to see a whole image or pattern. At other times, I am simply laying down colour and marks to create interest. The resulting work is an abstract image.
Since my days in art school, when surprised by the pile of leftover material from the sculptural piece I was making, I have been collecting and reusing 'waste'. From early on, the discarded stuff seemed far more interesting than the art piece. This experience reoccurred several times in my student days.
The combination of this "aha" moment and my learned behaviour of not wasting precious resources, resulted in my particular approach to collage. The distinction between hoarding and what I do, is that these 'waste' materials do not sit in the hopes that they may eventually be useful. They are earmarked for repurposing in other art.
The printmaking process creates lots of waste material. The leftovers, prints on high quality paper, with interesting colours and images, become the raw material that I keep and reuse. These scraps, fragments whether from proofs or imperfects, are also combined with other art and waste materials accumulated over the years.
My representational work is also created utilizing colour and cuts from random art-making cast-offs as are the small works. It's possible that my methodology also stems from doing puzzles in childhood, from the enjoyment of all those seemingly random pieces being assembled to recreate a whole image!
Agnes Ananichuk 2019