By Robin Laurence
DON POLLACK: POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary. Oct 23 – Nov 20
These soft-focus landscape paintings by Illinois artist Don Pollack are inspired by travels along and historical research regarding the eastern shore – the “edge” – of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Influenced by Canada’s Group of Seven and the Hudson River School in the US, Pollack explores light and shadow and shifting ideas concerning the depiction of the natural world. The white borders surrounding the landscape images suggest postcards: souvenirs of travel sent to those back home.
SARA NORQUAY: CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton. Sep 24 – Oct 2
Acclaimed print artist Sara Norquay has created an immense installation of art and outreach: 300 linocut portraits of individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Working from photographs approved by the people portrayed, Norquay translates what might be mere physical likeness into highly personal and psychologically affirming depictions. In her exhibition statement she writes, “It is my interaction with each individual that I think about while cutting the plate.”
PAUL DEGROOT: PART ONE: LOOKING BACK
Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary. Oct 23 – Nov 20
Born in the Netherlands, trained at the Alberta College of Art (now Alberta University of the Arts) and based in Calgary, Paul deGroot applies an unusual monochromatic palette to his seemingly photo-realist paintings of everyday scenes and objects. The effect is one of almost dreamlike suspension – whether the subject is figures, cityscapes, chairs or old cars. This solo exhibition, deGroot’s first in decades, represents a return to his original vocation after years spent raising a family and running a business.