SMALL FEATS 2017 PREVIEW
Sat 8 April 2017 at NAC / Doors at 8PM – VIP Preview at 7:40PM*
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BIG FEATS ARTISTS
Rob Elliott is co-founder of Swizzle Studio. A painter and illustrator, Elliott’s work uses mid-century art forms to provoke discussions of human and animal relationships. He has been involved in NAC over the last eight years as an artist, exhibiting work in the Main Space, Member’s, and Flea Market galleries and participating in STRUTT, Niagara HERE and Small Feats. He lives in Toronto but considers NAC his “art gang”. swizzle.ca
Geoff Farnsworth was born in Kimberley, B.C. in 1968. He began his art training in Vancouver at Emily Carr, The Federation of Canadian Artists, and Capilano University, before moving to New York City to attend the Art Students League in Manhattan. His paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. Working with people and objects from his personal world, as well as from classical and contemporary culture, he focuses on creating a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. His figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape. His paintings have been shown in New York, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Stockholm, Sweden. Geoff currently lives and paints in St. Catharines. geoff-farnsworth.com
Amy Friend grew up on the outskirts of Windsor where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair. She studied at OCADU (Toronto) and received a BFA Honours degree and BEd degree from York University and an MFA from the University of Windsor. She is an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Friend was selected as one of the top 50 photographs in the juried Critical Mass International Photography Competition and published a monograph of the Dare alla Luce series in December of 2015. amyfriend.ca
Ernest Harris Jr. was born in Grenada in 1971 and raised in Canada. His reputation as a gifted but lazy painter blossomed in the early nineties at Brock University where he received a Visual Arts BA almost in spite of himself. Over the years his art has snuck its way into popular media by way of music videos, opening credits and commercials. Be it paintings, comics, sculptures or photographs, Harris hot-wires pop culture imagery to reveal paradoxes, disconnects, and resonances embedded in social constructs and cultural assumptions. Ernest lives and works in St. Catharines, ON.
Melanie MacDonald lives in downtown St. Catharines and is an active member of the Niagara Artists Centre. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Niagara, Hamilton, London, Kingston, Western New York and Quebec. Her work was selected to appear in Carte Blanche 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing’s national survey of Canadian painters. In 2009 she received a Trillium Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist Award from the City of St. Catharines. She has been the recipient of numerous Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grants. melaniemacdonald.ca
Sandy Middleton has worked as both a commercial and art photographer for over 25 years. She graduated from Ryerson University with a BAA in still photography in 1991 and continued her education and work in the design field. Sandy’s photographic work is about, color, light, movement, the moment, the day-to-day minutes that occur quietly without much notice. It is about the silent and the still, the frozen in time, yet fleeting instances in our lives. Sandy relocated from Toronto after seventeen years to St.Catharines in 2001 where she currently resides. she was a partner at the Jordan Art Gallery for four years and has shown her work throughout Niagara at NAC, In the Soil, CRAM and City Hall exhibitions. She also has shown in galleries and arts fairs in and around Toronto. Her work can be found in public and private collections within Canada. www.middletonfolio.viewbook.com
Adam CK Vollick grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie in Niagara. His early love of Photography and Light has allowed him to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of his heros. He is currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently his work can be seen in the Timberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, he continues to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. His works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across the globe. Niagara is where he returns to meditate and find peace while preparing for the next sojourn. adamvollick.com
Carolyn Wren Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Carolyn Wren studied visual art at the University of Western Ontario. Wren has been exploring themes of lost knowledge and metanarratives in her recent work of transcribing iconic texts to create her installations. In the past she has used relief print methods and processes in non-traditional ways. Key exhibitions include: Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University (St Catharines, ON); Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna, BC); The University of Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, QC); Cram International Gallery (St Catharines, ON); and Linen Biennale (Portneuf, QC). She has been exhibiting her work since 1990 in group and solo shows in public galleries and artist-run centres across Canada.