Opening Reception: February 19, 2010, 7 - 10pm
At the UAS Mainspace - 4th fl, 319 10th Ave SW
Textures is an exhibition of art that celebrates the rich variety of textures that exist in the natural world. While they work in different media, Alberta-based artists Dafina Gueourguieva and Anne Marie Resta both look to nature as their main source of ideas and images in their respective work.
Dafina works in the fibre medium, using painting and collage techniques on different fabrics, which she then layers on top of each other. Playing with the relationship between transparency and opacity, her pieces often confuse and visually trick the spectator; they challenge him to understand what it is exactly they are looking at, how it is made, which element is where and at what depth. They invite the person to walk back, forth, and alongside, to play and interact with the work. In this medium, Dafina focuses on the patterns and textures found in nature, abstractly interpreting landscapes and fine details, exploring the visual wealth of the world around us, and translating her own connection to nature into works of art.
Anne Marie's medium of choice is photography. When creating a photograph, she believes that the story must be captured at the time the original image is exposed, not later in the darkroom or on the computer. That's why she uses only manual settings on her cameras, only natural ambient light and no post-shot enhancements. No cropping, no exposure corrections, no digital manipulation, nothing. Using these self-imposed rules, she focuses on details in natural subjects to explore the textures that comprise her subjects. Both black and white and colour lend themselves to her images. But the final result is ultimately dictated by the subject itself, by the story being told in that moment by the leaf or rock, the wind or light.
Together, these artists offer the viewer different, but equally captivating, insights into the rich colours, forms, patterns and textures found in the natural world.