CARLOS COLÍN TO RECEIVE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Carlos Colín has been named this years recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Visual Arts.
He was nominated for the award by the Visual Arts Honouree, Dana Claxton. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, October 3rd at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Awards presentations are open to all and begin at 6 pm.
WAAP NEW LOCATION LAUNCH
Opening Reception: August 9th, 7 – 9 pm
688 East Hastings Street (rear)
Fazakas Gallery is excited to announce WAAP’s new location launch and inaugural show in the new space.
Ryan Quast: Everyday Living will run from August 9, 2016 – September 10, 2016. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, August 9th from 7 – 9 pm. WAAP is located in the lower level of Fazakas Gallery and can be accessed through the alley.
HIGHLIGHTING MARK PRESTON
Mark Preston, Untitled (Mask), yellow cedar, acrylic, abalone shell buttons, copper tacks, cotton twine, 9″ x 10″
Mark Preston is a multimedia visual artist of Tlingit and Irish ancestry whose work tends toward the minimalist and the abstract. In his sculptural panels, Mark recontextualizes traditional Northwest Coast formline shapes by making precise cutouts of their forms into paper panels. The cutouts, being the only design on the otherwise blank panels, become little oases of negative space floating in a vastness of white paper. This is also inspired by Mark’s interest in word play. His ‘ovoid’ cutout becomes a literal ‘void’.
Mark is interested in what can be realized through lack of colour and the decontextualization of traditional forms. White paint is widespread among his pieces. For Mark, white symbolizes clarity, peacefulness, and open-mindedness. He intentionally leaves his work untitled to allow an optimal opportunity for the viewer to read his or her own interpretation.
Mark cites European masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci as early influences, as well as the work of painters like Picasso and Rothko. Contemporary influences include Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Roy Vickers, and Ted Harrison.
Fazakas Gallery will be hosting a solo show of Mark’s work in September 2016. Keep an eye out for announcements of show dates.