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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bobby Nock & Carl Zimmerman: A Rare Glimpse

Hello All,
Here's a reminder to you of the next exhibiton opening this Friday at 7:00 pm.
The exhibit, A Rare Glimpse, will be on display until January 4 and features Bobby Nock’s Plastic Video Paintings and Carl Zimmerman’s photographs, Landmarks of Industrial Britain.
The artists have both received significant exposure regionally for their exceptional and unique art work. However, both artists share slightly different views on approaches to art.
Nock, a native to Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, believes that there are no local, cultural influences in his work.

“For home-grown visual artists there is little along the lines of the historical influences,” says Nock. Instead, Nock believes that the lack of a visual tradition in his home town is a positive aspect, as it allows him to practice with a variety of art forms.
Nock has videotaped the production of Red Stripe and Guantanamo Orange and the video of this production will also be featured in A Rare Glimpse.
“My goal is to bring painting to the 21st century,” says Nock. “I began this achievement by abandoning the traditional painting surface for one that’s much more contemporary.” Instead, he substitutes the canvas for coloured, corrugated plastic. The plastic comes in a variety of colours, and therefore tints his paintings in a variety of colours.
On the other hand, Zimmerman, who has lived and worked in Inverness County since 1974, acknowledges a more direct connection to Cape Breton Island’s landscape. For him, simplicity and traditional notions of beauty suggest aspects of 19th century Romanticism.
“My work draws upon several art practices indebted to architecture,” says Zimmerman. “My photo work, for instance, begins with the construction of scale models, that when photographed, appear to represent real architecture.” Landmarks of Industrial Britain is the title of this latest series of work.
In this exhibit, Zimmerman’s black and white prints have been assembled into an architectural portfolio suggesting earlier 19th century printing techniques. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibits over the past 17 years and reviewed in numerous books, catalogues, and articles. Zimmerman has received a number of awards and grants.
Nock’s artistic career has also taken off, as he has been the recipient of several grants, and the subject of many exhibits.
Both artists will discuss their artwork on Tuesday, December 4 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

announcement - local art exhibition - Peintres d'aujourd'hui

I want to pass along news of an upcoming exhibition taking place at St. Patrick's Church (87 Esplanade) .

Peintres d'aujourd'hui is an exhibition of painted works by Kent Senecal and Marc Brzustowski occuring at St. Patrick's Church, with an opening reception Friday October 19, 2007 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, marking the first fine art exhibition in St. Patrick's museum since its recent renovation.
This exhibition is presented by Centre Communautair Etoile de l'Acadie in collaboration with The Old Sydney Society.

Kent will be exhibiting at Cape Breton University Art Gallery in September 2008 and Marc's current exhibition UPSIDE-DOWN-NORTH: General Delivery-Meat Cove Painted Pictures is on display at Cape Breton University Art Gallery until October 24.


Friday, October 12, 2007

reminder... extended hours tomorrow!!!

Hello All,
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday October 12, the Art Gallery will be open from 12 - 5 pm, with artist Marc Brzustowski giving an artist's talk from 2 - 3:00 pm!!!
See you then,