Looking North – Contemporary Artists of Canada
Group exhibition featuring artists from Edgewater Gallery in Stowe
curated by Kelly Holt
On view at Edgewater Gallery: March 2019
Opening reception: Friday, March 8, 2019 from 5-7pm
Artists: Claire Desjardins • Carol Kapuscinsky • Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa
Edgewater in Stowe brings the energy of the contemporary art scene in Montreal and beyond to Vermont in their upcoming exhibition Looking North. The exhibition is curated by Kelly Holt, and features photography, paintings, sculpture and mixed media work. On view for the month of March, the exhibition features two artists whose studios resided in Montreal at times, Claire Desjardins and Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa, as well as artist Carol Kapuscinsky from Ajax, Ontario whose paintings are currently shown in Montreal and Toronto. This will be Kapuscinsky’s first exhibition in the United States. The gallery will be awash in color and light with brand new work by this dynamic group of artists. The exhibition is woven together by intricate abstract interpretations and the interplay of color and light that are rooted in various elements of the landscape. The opening reception for Looking North will be held Friday, March 8th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, during which the artists will host a short discussion of their work.
Award-winning abstract painter Claire Desjardins is originally from Montreal. Desjardins now lives in the natural beauty of the Laurentians, an hour north of the city. Desjardins’ work is exhibited in major cities across the US and Canada. Her paintings have been featured in major motion pictures, TV series, and she just launched her signature collection of women’s apparel under her own label, Claire Desjardins by Carré Noir, earlier this year. Desjardins states that her work is “an attempt to decipher the chatter in my head, to put forward a less awkward side of myself, to navigate through my everyday chaos towards calm…The outside world is referenced quite indirectly through the filter of my emotions. Through my work, I find myself expressing sentiments or reactions of which I am consciously unaware.”
Carol Kapuscinsky has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions widely in Quebec and Ontario. The artist has an impressive range of experience teaching workshops to students of all ages, and is an accomplished juror for exhibitions throughout Canada. Kapuscinsky works as a contemporary realist whose process uses minimalist imagery, painting her landscapes with oils on canvas, glazing with thin layers of paint to reveal the transition between the visual and the spiritual while maintaining an unlimited feeling of space. Referencing her studio practice the artist states, “I’m back in the moment with the wind, the sounds and the exquisite beauty of nature. I find it an enormous responsibility to paint a field, a stream, a place, and do it justice.”
Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa is an accomplished sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, and bookmaker whose public art projects, installations, and exhibitions continue to receive international acclaim. They appear in museum collections from Finland and Sweden to Guatemala to North Dakota. Scholarly accomplishments include serving as Professor and Associate Dean on the Faculty of Fine Arts and Research at Concordia University in Montreal. She has a strong connection with the Vermont landscape, residing in both the Northeast Kingdom and Montreal for many years. For Vigesaa, “The land itself is a central catalyst for much of my artwork. The earth’s surface or what is the face of the land asserts an ever present impact on our daily lives. A sense of place, the vastness of a landscape and the startling details which when examined closely speak to the work. Through the process of making art I take time to confront nature, to research its specific history and attempt to establish an identity of a place and a sense of its spirit.”
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