Small Feats 2018 / Call for Submissions

Deadline to order materials is FridayFebruary at midnight.
Download the form HERE or swing by NAC to fill one out during gallery hours

We’re calling on the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art in support of your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre.

With the success of last year’s Small and Smaller Feats, we’ll once again be offering NAC Members the option of working with 6”x 8” canvas board, to be sold for $100, or 12”x12” canvas or Masonite board, to be sold for $200. You can submit a maximum of three SMALL feats and three SMALLER feats.

We’ve got lots of space, but only the best works will be accepted. Contributing artists choose to donate all or half the proceeds of their work to NAC.

NAC will supply some materials on request (canvas board, stretched canvas, or masonite) but photographic, mixed-media, and works on paper will also be considered. You must be a member in good standing to participate.

Let us know if you intend on making work by filling out the Small Feats 2018 Form and emailing it to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com by FridayFebruary at midnight

Need to renew or sign on?
You can swing by NAC and we’ll hook you up or stay home and do it online here

Dates to remember
Friday 9 February 2018 before midnight / Applications to emailed to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com
Saturday 31 March 2018 12PM-4PM / Artwork to be dropped off at NAC
Saturday 7 April 2018 8PM / SMALL FEATS!

>> We’ll email you when the materials are available for pick up <<

I HAVE A VISION IN MY MIND OF A LIFE THAT I’VE LEFT BEHIND / Cody + Connor Smith / Sat 11 Nov 3PM-5PM

I HAVE A VISION IN MY MIND OF A LIFE THAT I’VE LEFT BEHIND
Cody and Connor Smith
Opening Reception Saturday 11 November 3PM-5PM
Show Room Gallery at NAC

>> Check the CBC article here

“I HAVE A VISION IN MY MIND OF A LIFE THAT I’VE LEFT BEHIND” is a series of collaborative paintings created by two brothers, while living 5000 kilometres apart from each other. Their collaborative process involved sending paintings back and forth between Toronto and Vancouver over the course of one year. The resulting works are hybrid images that existed simultaneously in multiple geographical areas.

About the Artists
Cody and Connor Smith are Visual Artists currently based out of Vancouver and Toronto Canada. Both brothers are graduates of the OCAD University Drawing and Painting Program; receiving their BFA’s in 2010 and 2017.

Growing up in St. Catharines Ontario in the most populated area of Canada, surrounded by the Great Lakes, and geographically almost as low in latitude as Northern California, the brothers feel that this gave them a unique sense of PLACE which they have embraced in their individual practices today.

About the Work

Our paintings are images that stretch time; like a photograph taken from a camera with a shutter speed of 100 years. They are a portrayal of the human condition in the modern world.

The viewer is challenged with an image on a wall that is in a constant state of becoming. There is no end game with these paintings. We found the push and pull of different minds working in collaboration created works with a dream-like presence, as if they were floating in limbo. This was not planned but a result of the explorative process

In creating these works we were interested in challenging the painting process. We were trying to find a new way to paint a picture; branching out from the traditional means of creating a painting with an easel and palette.

There is a real interesting give and take that exists while painting on a canvas that has the ghost of your brother in it. Many times we found ourselves emulating each other’s styles. Other times we each would implement an editing process on the other’s work, attacking an element of the canvas that we did not like; finding ourselves painting over something that the other had spent time on. There are countless complete images that lie beneath the facade of the painting presented to the viewer. They are alive with buried images!

Everything we have ever felt, seen, experienced, and longed for is present in these paintings. There is joy and there is sadness. There is love and there is hate. There is life and there is death. Many times these paintings balance on a fine line between two extremes.

There was 5000km separating us while we sent work back and forth to each other. These images took a journey. In between our studios was Canada; with all its trees, rocks, oil, clouds, suns, moons, lakes, rivers, stars, mists, wolves, birds, streets, bridges, fences, sidewalks, parks, windows, and many human lives.

All That and a Bag of Chips / Trisha Lavoie at the Flea Market Gallery / Fall+Winter 2017

ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS
Installation by Trisha Lavoie
NAC’s Flea Market Gallery
46 Turner Crescent / St. Catharines

Opens Sunday 15 October 2017

In the work All That and a Bag of Chips fibre artist Trisha Lavoie creates a small cozy living room space in the Flea Market. A living room wherein the accessories have been replaced with soft sculptures of non-necessities or items of indulgence. The snacks we “reward” ourselves with, our “guilty pleasures”, the things we in no way need but have often developed a complicated relationship with as they have been imprinted as items of comfort. The crocheted items in this way also act as a double surrogate of comfort and security as they stand in for household items, the things we surround ourselves with as expressions of ourselves, how we establish our sense of “home”. 

Development Proposal / Christopher Harms / Sept 2017

Development Proposal
Christopher Harms

Plate Glass Gallery at NAC

Development Proposal is an installation that looks skyward to what will be, by starting at the foundation.  Creating vibrant sculptures with plexiglass, the artist uses a light and colourful ascetic to represent the heavy construction excavators that shift and shape our urban landscape.  The viewer is invited to discover the unique reflections, surfaces, and layering in the work as this rough and messy ordeal is now transformed by a luminous filter of wonder at what the future may hold.

Chris Harms is a self taught, Toronto-based artist. In 2012, Chris began working with acrylic plastics and was captivated by their transparency, electric edges, and colourful shadows.  All pieces are hand-cut and riveted together, lending a precise yet human touch to the work.