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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Indefinite Spaces Rachel Clark-Hall Alex Richardson Julia Vandepolder group exhibition

August 5, 2011 to September 6, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13, 2011
1 pm to 4pm
Headwaters Arts’ Dam Gallery is pleased to welcome HA members Rachel Clark-Hall, Alex Richardson and Julia Vandepolder. In this exhibition each artist examines the effects of time, transition and transformation while exploring their own unique areas of interest. They contrast and juxtapose the ephemeral and the concrete. Often objects are deconstructed to the point of near abstraction. A complementary colour palette unites the three artists’ work in the exhibition and lends a quiet strength to the overall presentation.


Vandepolder writes, “Interiors and landscapes encapsulate the comings and goings of daily life. Most of the time we are either inside or outdoors. The time spent going between these spaces passes in a flash. On the threshold between inside and out, closed or open, built or torn, there are moments of rich aesthetic interest and ripe with visual metaphor. The focus of my work aims to explore the contrast of light, shadow, shape and colour, and the meaningful potential that emerge from these forgotten moments.”

Richardson states, “I am interested in the delicate and susceptible, particularly the existence of such amidst that which is harsh, bold and robust. Specifically, the human figure is of great intrigue, as it is transient and ever-changing in form and in spirit. The human figure is delicate and dependent upon its surroundings – and this dependence lends a sense of power and strength to that which surrounds it. This power relationship between ephemeral softness and vivid vibrancy is explored through painting, exploring not only the human figure but also the softness of plant life, wispy moments in nature and the vivid robustness of buildings, furniture, and other inanimate objects.

Clark-Hall is inspired by the process (of making art) and states that her imagery is created by the actions and the transformation of used and abandoned materials. She explores industry through the juxtaposition of objects and their function.

Rachel Clark-Hall is an existentialist that believes in freedom and concrete individuality. She grew up in a small rural town in Ontario, Canada which isolated her from the city during most of her adolescence. The quiet and visually stimulating landscape influenced an ultimate explosion of expression. She studied Fine Art at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Alex Richardson received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario, specializing in Studio Art. Since then, she has been working from her studio at the Alton Mill where she predominantly works on commissioned paintings. She has shown her work in Toronto and London, Ontario, and is relocating to London, England, in September to pursue a Masters of Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College.

Julia Vandepolder is an artist investigating the ongoing transformation of rural and urban structures within these environments. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Guelph (2009). She has been continuously exhibiting at public and private galleries throughout the country as well as being featured in numerous Canadian collections.

Headwaters Arts (HA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer based organization. Through the efforts of its volunteer membership HA strives to bring together both artists and supporters of the arts in order to promote the development, appreciation and enjoyment of all arts in the Hills of Headwaters region. Join us at www.headwatersarts.ca

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