Dinner at Catalano E, 2017

Papier 2018

Arsenal Contemporary Art, 2020 William Street, Montreal, QC H3J 1R8
April 19 – 22
Booth: #B13

The Supper Club (Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley & Noah Becker)
Mark Preston
Charlene Vickers

The Supper Club

Fazakas Gallery will be exhibiting collaborative works on paper by three Canadian artists; Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley and Noah Becker. This threesome began collaborating during an evening out at a restaurant on the west coast of Canada.

Cook, Yardley, and Becker continue their own art practices, but united for what they call The Supper Club. This social gathering was an effortless way to meet in the evenings after working at separate studios. The drawings began in the midst of a bustling and dimly lit Spanish-themed restaurant, with paper laid out on the table and drawing tools arranged alongside wine glasses and utensils.

This convergence occured several more times; at different restaurants, a private club, and at one of the artist’s home. Each assembly of The Supper Club included the sharing of a meal between friends. The resulting twenty drawings feature spontaneous explosions of playful marks and remarks; the interchange of loops, dashes, ravens, squirrels, faces, clouds, and formline.

These works on paper have separated themselves by tone and energy unique to each evening – a collection of four drawings per night. A warm summer night elicited colour, clouds, playfulness, pop culture motifs, hallucinations, escape, and dreams – all intermingling like thought bubbles. By contrast, a fall evening generated vertical renderings featuring nature, trees, skulls, growth and earthly elements.

The Supper Club drawings serve as a record of the artists’ friendship, and a diary of the thoughts and emotions at work by their subconscious minds during collaboration. Each artist’s own unique iconography is woven into the paper with surprising and spontaneous new narratives. What’s most interesting, however, is how this trio of unstructured and unfettered pen to paper dance steps fuse together to create a troupe of harmonious forms and imagery through cross-cultural exchange.

Mark Preston (Tlingit) was born in Dawson City, Yukon in 1960. He began studying silver carving under renowned Gitksan artist Phil Janzé while attending K’san in Hazelton, BC. He then began learning the techniques of wood carving. Preston is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media. His contemporary pieces are inspired by minimalism and abstraction.

Preston recontextualizes Northwest Coast formline shapes by making precise cutouts into panels, thus turning traditional shapes into negative space. His minimalist, all-white motif symbolizes clarity, peacefulness, and open-mindedness.

Charlene Vickers is an Anishnaabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1994 and attained a BA from Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts in 1998. She completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, she explores her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 2015, Vickers participated in the group exhibitions The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (curated by Wanda Nanibush), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (curated by Tania Willard). Vickers also serves on the Board of Directors of grunt gallery, Vancouver.[/column]