Steven Nederveen Awarded Commission for the Canadian Consulate in Iceland

Image: Steven Nederveen, 'Ocean Crossing'. Commission for the Canadian Embassy in Iceland created as part of Canada's 150th Anniversary.

As part of Canada's 150th Anniversary, Steven Nederveen has been awarded a commission by the Ambassador of Canada to Iceland to create a unique painting for the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland. In the commissioned painting, Nederveen uses the subject of an ocean wave as a metaphor for cultural exchange between Canadians and the Icelandic people. Titled "Ocean Crossing," the work references the passion for travel, unity, and nature shared between the peoples of our two nations. 

Follow the journey of this painting over the next few weeks on Instagram (@bauxigallery) as we track the progress of the commission from creation in the artist's studio in Toronto to its presentation by Nederveen at its permanent home in the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik.

Our congratulations to Steven Nederveen on this exceptional honour!

 

Steven Nederveen's upcoming exhibition runs May 6 -20 at Bau-Xi Vancouver 

CLICK TO FOLLOW THE JOURNEY OF 'OCEAN CROSSING' ON INSTAGRAM

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CURATOR'S SELECTION: THE FACE / THE BODY

The Curator's Selection for March examines the relationship between the face and the body in figurative painting. Art historians have long noted the way in which artists' depiction of the face or body can convey complex feelings around relationships, status and the physiological well being of their subject. The six artists featured in our selection use the face or the body to demonstrate the impact of interior complex and exterior setting in figuring the sitter.

In looking at portraiture, we see the way in which the face can shed light onto the psyche of the subject.  The exaggerated features and impassioned expressions captured by Jill Greenberg's lens offer insight into the physiognomy of her children and animal subjects. Whether piercing, still, calm, or fraught with suspicion, the gaze of the sitters in Shaun Downey's portraits convey the emotional state of each subject. Erin Armstrong reverses the traditional subjectivity of portraiture by insisting on imaginary anonymity. The onlooker “sees” in her paintings a familiar form upon which they can inscribe their own meaning and identity.

The body, adorned and in a formed in a distinct pose, has the ability of suggesting internal emotion within social and cultural settings. The graceful movement of the body, submerged under water in Barbara Cole's Falling Through Time series, communicates distinct emotions of fear, adventure or joy of a female figure in English country manor. The interaction of faceless figures in Katrin Korfmann's aerial photographs emphasize gesticulation and movement appropriate to the cultural happening or setting in which they're placed. Lastly, the soft focus figures in Virginia Mak's Character Reference series uses pose, costume, and setting to evoke the spirit of well known fictional characters.

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ARTIST Q & A : CORI CREED

Photo by Sarah Jane Photography

 

 

1)      Describe your perfect day at the studio—what are your ideal conditions for creativity?

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi delivered a wonderful Ted talk on “flow.” I have sought out theories and discussions on similar topics, because for me to do my best work I believe that I have to reach a place where the subconscious takes over, or at least takes the helm. I have been lucky in that I have never found myself short of inspiration, and so undisturbed time is my biggest challenge. Finding stretches of it where I can start to unfold my ideas and inspiration, and then gradually let go of everything but the act...

(Click here to watch the Ted Talk by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

 

2)       Your latest exhibition is called ‘Stage.’ This word has such a history, and rich connotations. What about the concept of the stage resonates with your practice?

Constructing tension between a perception of a physical place, and the awareness of the mediums and their application is an ongoing quest for me. Setting a stage to reveal an emotional experience: mine, in my absorbing and retelling of an inspiration, and the viewer’s experience, in the way that they view the “set” through their own filters. Interrupting our willingness to accept illusions of perspective with marks that so obviously live on a two dimensional surface. It seems theatrical in a way. A stage. A story.

 

Painting detail

 

3)       This new work demonstrates some new palettes for you—are there particular pigments or contrasts that are exciting you these days?

Pink is such a loaded colour. This could be a long answer I think! I will keep it short though. I have avoided it in the past, but I have pulled it out lately and have been appreciating the emotional response that I now have to it.

 

 

4)      What about the motif of the birch tree in particular inspires you?  Are there other naturally occurring forms that lend themselves well to paint?

I am drawn to patterns and textures that occur in nature, and birch trees are such a fabulous place to find both. The graphic black and white of the trees allows for endless flexibility and interest when partnered with other pigments. They are a perfect starting point for explorations in mediums and their application. They are represented within the pieces while at the same time generously accepting of abstraction. Birches, grasses, and many other tree forms allow me to tell a tale of found beauty--of human perception, as well as of paint.

 

 

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MICHAEL WOLF | CITY: Michael Wolf Showcase

Michael Wolf Collection

MICHAEL WOLF | CITY: Michael Wolf Showcase

350 Dundas St. W, Toronto
March 4 - 18, 2017

On display at Bau-Xi Photo, view a selection of works from Michael Wolf's Tokyo Compression, Architecture of Density, Transparent City, and Paris Rooftops series. From the intimate to the alienating, this exhibition captures the nature of urban experience across four cities: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Paris.

Tokyo's claustrophobic subway systems reveal the conditions of the city’s population, and document rapidly expanding urban-industrial centers. Foregrounded views of Hong Kong, Chicago, and Paris skylines magnify perspective and present the cityscape in rhythmic layers of architecture, history, and human intervention. Together, works from each series show Wolf’s commitment to documenting the city as a space we both inhabit and behold.

VIEW COLLECTION HERE

 

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ARTIST Q & A : JAMIE EVRARD

1) How would you describe your work ?

Messy, drippy, oozy, sketchy, colourful, full.

2) What are you most excited about in this current body of work and what are you striving to achieve that would set it apart from previous ones ?

I love working big and loose. These are my wildest paintings yet and I'm enjoying using big house painting brushes.  I want to convey the feeling of being inside a lush, unkempt garden. From up close I hope the paintings just look like paint marks and from far away I want them to create a depth people can climb into. 

3) Most adored colour in your tool box ? Most hated ? Most challenging ?

Currently Perylene Red, a transparent hue somewhere between cherry tomato and the inside of a pomegranate is my favourite colour. Powerful and even harsh, staining colours like Thalo Blue and Green and Quinacridone Violet can take over and ruin a painting or, with a little of their compliment added can create exquisite blacks and greys.

4) As an artist who is also a writer, how do you feel your writing informs your painting and vice versa ?

I'd say writing and painting are about being moved by an experience and conveying that sensation to the viewer/reader in a unique and personal way.  Both mediums teach me that if I don’t have a clue how to start, I just have to do something - Anything.

 5) Besides living in Vancouver you also live part of the year in Umbria. Is there a difference in approach, materials, or subject matter when painting while immersed in these 2 distinctly different cultures and climates? 

The light in Italy is so beautiful and warm and so many gorgeous still life objects are available in the countryside and the markets.  Artichokes come with their leaves on them and I can pick branches of pomegranates.
I paint in my bedroom and pretty much have to make work that will fit under my arm and through the luggage scanner unless I want to get into the whole shipping thing. I don't actually mind those constraints since they make it possible for me to concentrate on smaller works and think more about the craft of painting. I used to figure skate and skaters would spend hours doing what was called "school figures" or various permutations on the figure eight. Italy is where I do my school figures.

I enjoy having lots of quiet time over there to think and get recharged to return to my busy city life and get to work in my big, well lit studio.

 6)  What would be a surprising fact for someone to discover about you ?

That I just invested in a Cyr Wheel and plan to learn to use it. 

7)  Which artists have had the most profound influence on your work ?

Artists whose work I admire and look at lot are Matisse, Joan Mitchell, Manet, and Cy Twombly to name a few.  

Just saw some wonderful paintings in New York by Elise Ansel, Katharina Grosse and Atta Kwami Thami all of whom use colours which will inspire me for a long time.

8) Given the current political climate, what role do you think artists can play ?

Since my work is not at all political I try to do what I think every thinking person should be doing right now which is stick up for what I believe in. Make noise.

 9) What word of advice would you give to an aspiring artist just starting out ? Or what piece of advice would you have wished you could have given to your younger artist self knowing what you know now?

 Being an artist is a scary and unpredictable career.  I would tell an aspiring artist to surround herself with other aspiring artists who believe making art is an important and worthy job.

 10) What are you plans after this show ?

 I already have an idea for some big new works which I hope will tide me though the postpartum time of having hung a show.  In April I’ll return to Italy.

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IN THE STUDIO: DREW BURNHAM

We are happy to share a glimpse of Drew Burnham's studio as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition in Toronto. Drew has been working for the past 12 months to complete this show which will be unveiled in a presale prior to the show's official opening on April 22nd.

Drew Burnham studio

 

DREW BURNHAM | New Paintings
340 Dundas St. West, Toronto
April 22 - May 6, 2017

VIEW AVAILABLE DREW BURNHAM ARTWORK HERE

CONTACT US FOR ACCESS TO ARTWORK PRESALE: toronto@bau-xi.com or 416-977-0600

 

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IN THE STUDIO WITH JAMIE EVRARD

Jamie Evrard floral artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

Jamie Evrard has been hard at work painting works both large and small for her upcoming solo exhibition in Vancouver.


The paint handling is loose and exploratory and the artist is revelling in the process of applying pure paint to canvas, panel, copper or linen. Most of the works have arrived at the gallery for previewing with the remaining few to arrive in the next 2 weeks as soon as they are complete.

 

"Restless Spring"
Artist Reception, Saturday March 4th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
March 4 - 18, 2017
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver

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Jamie Evrard floral artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

 

 

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The Salon Sessions at Bau-Xi Vancouver

Bau-Xi Vancouver is pleased to host the latest iteration of The Salon Sessions, a musical performance engaging with Janna Watson's upcoming exhibition, Something In The Air. Join us for this exciting exploration of music and art held over two evenings this February.

 

The Salon Sessions | Something In The Air
Feb 24 & 25, 7pm-9pm
Participating Artists: Tegan Peemoeller; Frederik Robert; Erin Marks & Chad Clark
Hosted at Bau-Xi Vancouver, 3045 Granville Street

 

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DAVID BURDENY SELECTED AS A FEATURED EXHIBITION FOR CONTACT 2017

David Burdeny artwork presented by Bau-Xi Photo

Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present Oceans, the latest series by David Burdeny. Oceans explores the geological formations of water bodies in the Bahamas, Australia, and Europe, capturing the complex, abstract qualities of the deep sea. Burdeny’s scenes are celebrations of the natural world, but, below the surface, they map a precious and precarious resource. Serpentine sandbars stretch into a Bahamian horizon; Australian bays are sharply rendered fields of impossible blue. Long exposures—evident in views of Sicily—soften waves, revealing formations beneath the water. Bodies that dot the cliff sides cast long shadows, indelible marks on an expanse otherwise untouched. The contemporary sublime is for Burdeny both a call to action that compels one to protect her world, and a message about culpability. Receding vistas are the dreamy escape; human presence is the sobering reminder. Like the depths his exposures reveal, Burdeny unearths layers—of not just the landscape—but the fraught relationship between the earth we inhabit and the environmental future we inherit. 

David Burdeny (b. 1968. Winnipeg, Canada) holds Masters degrees in Architecture and Interior Design, and is the recipient of notable photography awards including Photographer of the Year (Nature category) at the International Photography Awards.

VIEW ARTWORK BY DAVID BURDENY HERE

David Burdeny presented at Bau-Xi Photo

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How to hang artwork at gallery height

At Bau-Xi Gallery, we hang artwork at a comfortable gallery viewing height of 54-56 inches at the centre of the artwork. Here is a video demonstrating how to do this yourself.

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Anticipated exhibition coming to Toronto

Cori Creed's anticipated exhibition coming to Toronto

CORI CREED | Stage

340 Dundas St. W, Toronto
March 4 - 18, 2017

Visit Bau-Xi Toronto this March to enjoy the latest series by landscape painter Cori Creed. Stage represents a project to capture fleeting glimpses of nature, to isolate in paint the total experience of a scene brimming with life. For the artist, painting is an exploration of this temporal and material process, with the final canvas continuing to unfold before our eyes in vibrant hues and strong painterly forms. Time becomes an essential medium for Creed, who both relishes and contends with the impossible task of rendering an elusive moment. Lush trees bow in the wind, waves lap against the shoreline, and soft clouds build on the horizon, with the artist's characteristic splashes and drips infusing each world with perspective and spontaneity. The resulting works are scenes of nature that play out indefinitely on a painted stage. 

Cori Creed was born in Vancouver in 1973. She studied Fine Art at Simon Fraser University and Design at Capilano College. Her work has been collected and exhibited in both Canada and abroad.

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JENSEN-NAGLE CHOSEN FOR EXHIBITION AT PHOTO LONDON

Joshua Jensen-Nagle, washed away

Joshua Jensen-Nagle has been selected to be a part of the prestigious UK art fair, Photo London. Bau-Xi Gallery will exhibit his work as the only Canadian gallery represented at the fair. The artwork selection for Photo London includes Jensen-Nagle's recent aerial beach photos from Italy and Brazil, ski scenes shot in Whistler, and the iconic image 'Washed Away' (shown above). Bau-Xi Gallery looks forward to the opportunity to present this talented Canadian artist to photography collectors in the UK.

Photo London runs May 18-21, 2017 at Somerset House in London

More about Photo London here

VIEW ARTWORK BY JOSHUA JENSEN-NAGLE HERE

 

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