Feb 3 - 17, 2011
This exhibition presents new contemporary paintings by Calgary-based artist Verna Vogel. "Ecosystems" explores the interrelated elements of the urban environment.
Vogel builds her paintings with surface textures stitched into the canvas, over which are layered many glazes of translucent and opaque colour. Her methods reflect the intricate nature of an idealized human city, evolved in layers over time, and in which each textured detail is important for a balanced functioning of the whole. These works require the viewer to observe closely and from a distance to experience each carefully constructed image of the urban ecosystem.
Verna Vogel received a Studio Arts Diploma from Capilano University in North Vancouver in 1997. In 1998 she was the recipient of an Asia-Pacific Student Award, which enabled her to study at the Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur for one year. While studying abroad she began to focus on urban environments, and in 2005 made her first stitched canvas. She has been experimenting with facets of this technique since then.
Verna has participated in group and solo exhibitions across Canada, and her works may be found in collections throughout North America and Europe.
Kurbatoff Art Gallery Ltd.
2427 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3G5
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