Taylor Moisan at the Snelgrove

Taylor Moisan has her BFA show at the Snelgrove.

Her paintings are still life studies of texture and pattern. Taylor’s work reflects on our relationship with objects and the role they play in our lives. Sometimes objects might be taken-for-granted because of sheer volume of them in our lives, or some objects might be tools of relationship building between people. We all have relationships with the objects in our lives, Taylor chose to paint objects in her friends and family’s lives, examining those people through their objects. Taylor’s work has a calming, warm feeling of her reflectively painting objects in the lives around her, essentially doing portraiture by way of still life.

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^Taylor included still life object/pattern pedestals that perfectly accompanied her paintings. It looks like one of her paintings doesn’t it?

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**Taylor’s work is up until Oct 11th with the Reception happening Friday night from 7-9. Drop on by!**
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E’Lynn Oliver “Swatches” Show at Snelgrove Gallery

E’Lynn Oliver has a show this week at the Snelgrove Gallery on the U of S campus.

“Swatches” follows E’Lynn’s investigation of her family roots in connection with a visit to old textile mills in England. While visiting the mills she witnessed extreme work conditions of the early industrial age but also beauty in the mechanics of creating textiles. She was captivated by the books of dot patterned weaving plans, aka “swatches”. In “Swatches” E’Lynn explores pattern and optics while referencing her past.

If you appreciate printmaking than you will certainly enjoy E’Lynn’s work. Over the last year E’Lynn has been tirelessly experimenting with her printmaking process leading to her show. She has a few different printmaking methods and techniques displayed for her show.

I particularly like her dotted relief swatch prints. They have an optic art quality that if you stare through the picture plane the white dots seems to connect. I liked the ones that didn’t have an immediately recognizable pattern so that you actively search for one. There is a vibrating energy in the stark positive/negative space that is quite enjoyable. 

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^E’Lynn made these reliefs by drilling holes through her plate

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E’Lynn’s most recent prints are her fantastic clay monotypes. Her clay monotypes took like a collage combining fabric and pattern samples with words. Her monotype prints have thin slightly faded ink that gives them a vintage feel, perfectly lending to her exploration of past. 

 

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E’Lynn also has collagraphs and chine colles worth seeing.

E’Lynn’s clean printmaking makes me envious and her exploration of her family’s past gives substance to her style. You’ve got a few days still to see her work, so drop by the Snelgrove!

**Closing Reception is FRIDAY, October 11 from 7-9. Come by for a drink and view some good art!**

Zoe’ Fortier “Bilingual Today, French Tomorrow: And Other Ridiculous Prophecies”

Hey Art Fans, there is a very cool exhibit happening at STM gallery (2nd floor by library) until Oct.29th, that you should check out.

At first glance Zoe’s work looks like a visual research study on Canadian Identity. Her work catches you with a large academic style text quote on brightly colored backgrounds. Beside each quote is a pop art style portrait of the person being quoted and a short bio of that person. Looking at these quotes really challenge Canadian identity and are loaded with some biting truths. The work shares a general theme following the modern disappearance of the Canadian identity. When I looked at it, I was really captivated by these characters and was interested in learning more about them and their research. I thought to myself “Wow! Zoe’ really did some great research finding these diverse academic’s views on Canadians!”
But it gets better. She made them all up! The people, the quotes and the bio’s are all fiction!

There is some excellent social commentary here. Zoe Fortier comes from a Francophone community of Zenon Park. Francophones outside of Quebec face assimilation and cultural threats constantly. Francophone culture is celebrated in Quebec, but what about in the west? They’ve been largely ignored despite their historical significance in settling this country.  She based her work people’s writings on Francophone culture but reversed it to look at Anglo-white Canadian culture. Her work is political but not militant, Zoe’s cheeky humor is quite evident.

I was speaking to someone who works on the 2nd floor of STM and he said that he hears people being offended by the pieces while other people are laughing out loud. Don’t you think it worked?

Brilliant!

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* You really should visit them in person to read the fictional bio’s-very funny stuff!