Fred Fellouse Mountains and Beyond
March 11 to April 21st, 2017
Opening show March 25th 6-9pm, Closing show April 21st 6-9pm
When the viewer walks into the gallery space they are greeted with impressions of nature, rendered with delightful transparencies and warm colours. Fred utilizes a glazing technique and intentionally leaves revealed the brightly coloured underpainting to vibrate with successive layers of paint. The tone of his series invites our optimism, to view interpretations and experiences of the world travelled by Fred. The paintings exude a curiosity for nature and the observed world around us. Also, a scientist, Fred is trained to examine and note the qualities of natural phenomenon, to understand the intricacies and inner workings of nature. As a painter, Fred gives back to the world that has fed his wonderment by painting images full of colour, rhythm, and playful impressions.
Throughout this series, and contained within each composition, there is a quiet contemplation between two subjects; the light and the mountains, a person to the tree, the trees and the cabin, the trees and the mountain, the man and the pig. This facing of two subjects could be interpreted as a mediation, a quiet dialogue, a looking upon or existing together in this world. Fred invites us to contemplate with his subjects, sit with his paintings and travel on into wanderlust.
Andrew Scheglov - Things I Did Last Summer
January 7 to January 29, 2017
Exhibited works by Andrew Scheglov. These paintings represent the acute observations of the Artist's fine eye and in-depth knowledge of painting. Andrew paints delightfully soft and hard edges, striking a balance between painterly brush expression and sophisticated attention to detail. A bright palette brings these humble surfaces to life, and the transition between warm to cool colours creates a depth beyond the vernacular scenes. However, one painting of a man sitting on a couch with a broken arm and a solemn expression changes this series and its possible meanings for the viewer, towards something more sentimental. Which brings the viewer full circle, in my opinion, to describe Andrew's painting aesthetics; Romantic, sentimental with a positive anchoring logic to the technical aspects of making an image. Come see Andrew's works at Mere Gallery on now till end of January.
OPEN HOUSE JANUARY 14, 2017 - 5pm to 8pm @ Mere Gallery
Adrienne Reynolds - A Sum of Parts
November 25 - December 31, 2016
Small translucent cuboids float delicately or sit firmly in white space drawing the viewer in with beautifully rendered transparent colours. Exquisitely fine drawn edges capture and contain the colour before disappearing again, leading the eye along the division of a surface plane then off into spontaneous colourful nebulas, laying a pathway for deeper contemplation. Spend the time to examine these tiny works and the viewer will begin to feel the essences of balance, gravity, intersections, containment, and contact.
Open house Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2pm to 5pm
or view by appointment contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerome Evola - Landscapes Yet Discovered
October 29 - November 13, 2016
On view for the next few weeks are recent works by Jerome Evola that show a new aesthetic direction and tangent from previous works that are more representational. Landscapes Yet Discovered will continue to imagine fantastical scenes with lush contrasting colour, soft ethereal contrasts, and bold twists in the compositions. These large paintings bring forth a window into the realm of fantasy and optimism.
Anthony Vandertuin - AboutFACE Revisited
October 2 - October 27, 2016
Throughout the month of October Mere Gallery is proud to feature rotating works from Anthony Vandertuin's AboutFACE Exhibition. His expressive portraits develop through effort and play. Manipulating the paint in experimental variations, Andy energetically applies textural layers to develop a surface. This base becomes a point of departure on which to draught his portrait. Then, he works to deconstruct elements of the composition to achieve that magical emergence of the face from the background. A contrast between spontaneous marks and purposeful structure, depth and flatness, permanence and etherealness, Anthony artfully creates powerful images that gaze back at the viewer.
Peter Joch - Painting Machine
August 26 - September 25, 2016
Mere Gallery's first exhibition is a solo show by Peter Joch called Painting Machine. His paintings depict faces in absurd interactions with objects and figure conceptually assembled in colour and architectural spaces. Joch uses painting to think through ideas of the face as a transgressed, recontextualized, and anonymous object. He is interested in the energy this yields and its potential for new conceptual meaning.
The final paintings are face installations where faces are props representing ideas made manifest by interactions with recurring faces in empirical, taboo, and absurd scenarios. Consequently, these paintings exist between portraiture and narrative, abjection and jouissance, the formless and figurative, as well as the chronological and carnivalesque. Engaging with the viewer conceptually as well as aesthetically, these works are visual essays on the notion of the identity-less face as contemporary painting itself.
Peter Joch is a visual artist and curator based in Toronto, Canada. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is an MFA candidate at the University of Regina. He curated exhibitions at Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto City Hall, and YYZ Artists’ Outlet and has shown at Toronto City Hall, Gutterbird, and Gallery 1313.