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  • Call for Art - 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 5th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 5th Annual Leaves & Petals online art..
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  • Exaltation : Intangible Journeys of the Human Spirit: Nikola Wojewoda

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre presents Exaltation : Intangible Journeys of the Human..
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  • HUB @ 302

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all juried members, associate and non-members to..
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  • Open Call for 2020 exhibitions

    Location: Vernon, BC

    We are an artist run gallery seeking submissions from emerging artists for our..
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  • Beacon Original Art Fall Show & Sale

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Saturday October 19, 2019 from 10am - 4pm. Featuring more than 30 artists..
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  • Open Call:

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is having an open exhibition for members..
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  • Open Call: All 10

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Calling all Canadian Artists! This is an open submission call for a lightly..
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  • Earth

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Juried, Life, Student, Associate Members and..
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  • Reza Rezaï / Mehmoon

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art is pleased to present Mehmoon by Reza Rezaï. Through the..
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  • Outside, In

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Opening reception September 28th 7-9pm for the Allied Art Council's Gallery Stroll! OUTSIDE,..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • “Motion” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline October 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Moving or being moved. Shifting, stirring, changing places. The rise and..
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  • Beaver Sheppard: Solo Exhibition

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary presents a comprehensive solo exhibition of Beaver Sheppard’s artistic canon, for..
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  • ANCESTRAL MINDSCAPES

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Ancestral Mindscapes is an autobiographical collaboration using video, sound and photography to explore..
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  • Clay Tile Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Participants will be working with clay to hand-build tiles using a variety of..
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  • Edible and Medicinal Gardening Lecture

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukrainian settlers brought with them a wide range of traditional knowledge and practices,..
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  • Acrylic Painting for Beginners

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Do you want to create a bright & beautiful acrylic landscape in one..
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  • Willow Heart Weaving Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Willow Heart Weaving Workshop In this workshop, participants will learn how to trim and..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition, invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • Invisible by PAINTER8

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Please join us at PAINTER8, and other Edmonton art lovers alike, for the..
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  • 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour

    Location: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON

    The 19th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour is an event you don’t want to..
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  • Wheat Centrepiece Workshop

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Join this class to learn how to make a didukh-style centrepiece that can..
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  • Radio Silence

    Location: Quebec city, QC

    Québec, August 19, 2019 – Folie/Culture invites all those who express themselves through..
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  • LOOK AGAIN!

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    LOOK AGAIN! PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN SLAVIN AND GAIL PRPICK AT UNIVERSITY..
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  • Watercolour Workshop with Frank Townsley

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Sunday 22nd September 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM ..
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  • Figureworks 2019

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Figureworks 2019 Call for Artists The call for submissions to the 10th annual juried..
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  • Quasi-Nature

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present Quasi-Nature, a group exhibition curated..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2019 Fall Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters..
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  • Unsettling Nature

    Location: Toronto, ON

    An Exhibition at: The Garage Gallery Benmiller with Artists Jill Price, Leslie Putnam, Morag Webster..
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  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    Artists Statement: Ed Flanagan My wife had a career as an elementary school..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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Jim Gordaneer

By Robert Amos May 3, 2004

} Jim Gordaneer By Robert Amos Jim Gordaneer, Fairfield Suite at the Fran Willis Gallery (1619 Store Street www.franwillis.com until March 27. Gospel singers, “the jockey and the bimbo”, the inner harbour shown from numerous fluid perspectives: these are Jim Gordaneer’s new paintings, and they fill the Fran Willis Gallery with an abundance of colour, surging movement and a wide variety of subject matter. To help me come to terms with it all, I recently spent an afternoon in Gordaneer’s studio. Gordaneer, at 70 years of age,works in the converted garage in his backyard. It is a comfortable, paint-encrusted space with an old wheelchair pulled up to his easel. This workmanlike room has seen a huge production over the years. As a painter of abstracts, Gordaneer first came to fame in the 1950’s, a youngster on the fringes of Toronto’s legendary Painters Eleven group. Some of his early work is currently the subject of a year-long display at Oshawa’s Robert McLaughlin Gallery (www.rmg.on.ca). Gordaneer’s painting has seen a lot of evolution since the 50’s. I first met him when he was teaching at the Victoria College of Art in 1977. Influenced by Jack Wise, Gordaneer’s lush imagery struggled to emerge from a dense chaos of calligraphic brush marks. Soon Gordaneer and the other teachers at the College were caught up in the “hard edge” movement, inspired by Joe Kyle, the principal of the college. Gordaneer said they were concerned with “the formal elements of the painting surface; composition, flat space. There was content,” he confessed, “but I didn’t feel it.” Work of that period now seems a little vacant to him, and he is retrieving many of those large canvases for continued development. In the 1980’s, Gordaneer and a number of his young associates engaged in a lengthy exploration of visual representation with philosopher Raymond Lorenz. They were dedicated to escaping from the strictures of our usual system of perspective - in which straight lines appear to converge at the vanishing point. The Chapman Group, as they named themselves, set out to create highly-resolved pictures of all types of imagery - figurative, still life, landscape. While the subject remained recognizable, it was plotted onto curved space, convex or concave or a combition of the two flowing into one another. This is called “topology”, which is explained as a study of that which remains constant within change. Some people thought Gordaneer had gone right off the rails with these convoluted spatial forms, but with hindsight we can see that his painting practice is large enough to absorb powerful ideas and still continue to grow. In the early 1990’s a mysterious ailment caused Gordaneer to fall into a coma for six weeks, and when he emerged from the hospital he refocussed, giving up his very effective teaching career. And, with the later death of Lorenz, the Chapman group was cast upon its own resources. The experience of the philosophical exploration has had a lasting effect on the artists concerned, but as Gordaneer says, “we all had to kick the ladder out from behind us.” Since then Gordaneer has been constantly on the sidewalks of his Fairfield neighbourhood. Setting up his easel in front of the most ordinary scenes, he paints the back alleys and boulevard trees in a provocative and loopy sort of way. Larger and more considered work is created in his studio. He spends about 2 1/2 hours every day, painting. Often it’s an image clipped from the newspaper which inspires him. Not that he is copying it - not by any means! “It’s just a glimpse of subject matter,” as he says, something to get him going. Figures emerge from the canvas in the course of his painting. “How far or how little they emerge is up to the individual paintings.” Lest his paintings become too factual, he works by turning the canvas round and round. This habit results in the surging dynamic of his painting. “When I work on it rightways up, I’m conscious of the figuration. When I work on it upside down, then I’m thinking of the space,” is his explanation. “I see the painting and the subject matter as a sort of dance,” Gordaneer continues. “I work back and forth.” Every painterly element is at work in his paintings - rich colour, matt and gloss finish, spatial illusions, energetic surface treatments and subject matter that just won’t quit. Race horses, deck furniture, rear view mirrors... they are all there, and much more is waiting, ready to emerge into sight. There has been a lot of talk about the end of painting, but Gordaneer continues, even if his life’s production has caused storage problems. Why does he bother with all this painting? It is a field for endless discovery. “I think it will always be here - pushing pigment around,” he concludes with a smile. It’s hard to think of an artist who has pushed it further. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B.C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com