Tonight at NAC!
- Nathan Heuer’s Scenes from Late Capitalism: Fri 15 July > Show Room Gallery at NAC
- Collette Broeders’ Synchronicity: Fri 15 July > Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
- Greenbelt Arts’ Another Show at the Top of the Stairs: Fri 15 July TCO Terrace at NAC
Scenes from Late Capitalism
Show Room Gallery at NAC
Friday 15 July 2016 7PM
My work is largely concerned with the role of architecture in society as a symbol of cultural values and history. Architecture represents a
significant investment of time, resources, and design knowledge, and while we celebrate this fact in the achievements of our celebrity architects, we are less apt to acknowledge the achievement inherent in our more utilitarian structures. The American landscape, in fact, is full of contemporary ruins of factories, hotels, schools, and other architecture that has fallen by the wayside in an aggressively consumerist society. Each of these abandoned structures forms the nucleus of a small narrative, often one of lost livelihoods, budgetary cuts, and dying industries.
I choose to decontextualize the subject of each drawing, removing the structure from its surroundings and isolating it on a white ground. This aesthetic decision is intended to echo the fragmentary picture of history that we are presented with in a museum, where isolated artifacts are meant to tell us the story of an unfamiliar culture. I use mechanical perspective as a means of meditating on the design process that went into the commonplace structures that I depict. Perspective is not only a visualization tool employed by architects, but it is also a process that helps me to fundamentally understand the space that I am depicting. It is my hope that through these drawings viewers will reconsider the deeper cultural significance of these structures and the ramifications of the intensive capitalism that shapes contemporary American life.
– Nathan Heuer
Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
Friday 15 July 2016 7PM
My artistic practice is motivated by repetitive activity, marking patterns that map a sense of time and space. Through performance drawing, I communicate how the body traces and experiences space and duration leaving an imprint of past and of present and of what remains. Like a clock of navigational lines, the Synchronicity series act as a measurement of these intervals, both physical and intangible.
The series of Synchronicity drawings investigate symmetrical, repetitive motion using my body as an instrument to form a rhythmic pattern of line. Inspired by the duality of yin and yang of the I Ching, I execute the drawing with a balance of synchronous motion of opposing line. The drawing is performed in a hypnotic tempo and meditative state that manifests itself into physical form to unite the viewer with the intimacy of the experience. Examining the limitations of the body through continuous motion, the drawings are performed over several hours until a state of exhaustion is reached.
Beginning with intense spontaneous gestures within a small space that replicate, synchronize and divide, the drawing gradually swells and bursts to the outwardly extended body. Like a cell dividing, the internal energy of the process is bilaterally and equally distributed as the image grows. Ultimately, the drawing becomes a study of contrast showing the peaceful-chaotic, soothing-painful and joyful-desperate moments of the performance.
The Synchronicity drawings address ideas of repetition, ritual and unity through a performance of mark making and meditation. As the drawings progress, rhythmic patterns of line emerge and process into organic shapes. The resulting drawings become a trace of gestures leaving an imprint of the shifting context of the meditative process that produced them.
— Collette Broeders
Greenbelt Arts presents
Another Show at the Top of the Stairs
Friday 15 July 8:30PM
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Tickets available at NAC > $8
COZSMOS QUARTETTE – Hamilton
CENTURY THIEF – Toronto
NORTHERN PRIMITIVE – Welland
Five years ago we at Greenbelt Arts hosted our first show: “Show at the Top of the Stairs”, in a small studio downtown St. Catharines…
Still on St. Paul Street, still at the top of some stairs, but now at the new Roof Top Stage at the NAC, please join us in celebrating sounds from around Ontario’s Greenbelt.
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