Opening Reception: Jen Mann "Strange Beauties" and Jenal Dolson "Crows After Shiny Bits of Sun"
Inspired by the circus, illusions, dreams and the innocence and playfulness of childhood, Strange Beauties explores beauty and its fringes. Capturing sincere moments between Mann and her subjects, the paintings in this exhibition evoke a naïve and unfiltered sense of beauty akin to that experienced in childhood. Using colour and saturation to foreground elegant and alluring elements in otherwise odd and unglamourous images, Mann captures the world through “rose-coloured glasses.” An intense stare, a blink, a sideways glance—and in some works, the collision of these gestures—create a deep sense of intimacy and honesty amidst the surreal images.
"Crows After Shiny Bits of Sun"
Inspired by poet Tova Gardner’s poem "Yizkor"—from which the exhibition title was derived—Crows After Shiny Bits of Sun features emerging Canadian artist Jenal Dolson’s newest figurative works. Combining mark-making with drips and pours, each painting is characterized by a sense of excess
medium; the arbitrary palettes imbuing the works with a sense of controlled spontaneity. The forms in Dolson’s paintings reference internal organs, ornate interiors and romantic vistas, bringing an element of humour and continuity to the works. Informed equally by the phenomenon of mimicry in the natural world and the infinite web of allusion characterizing postmodern culture, the mirroring at play amongst the works in this exhibition constructs a dialogue addressing the repetition of forms.