September 30 - November 19
Sunday October 1, 2 - 4 pm
GPAG has a strong interest in fine craft, an area of creativity that too often still suffers marginalization in the art world. Exhibitions like Dimensions that feature the work of contemporary crafts persons are important to dispelling the artificial divide that exists between ‘art’ and ‘craft’. Instead they show us the incredibly rich and diverse range of media available to all creative practitioners. It is a true pleasure to bring these fabulous works to Grimsby as part of our sesquicentennial programming, which continues to feature the many connections that exist between communities across Canada.
As the only open, juried, touring exhibition of Fine Craft in Saskatchewan, Dimensions is a unique and important opportunity for the province’s crafts people. Every two years the Saskatchewan Craft Council (SCC) invites submissions; 109 crafts people submitted 183 entries to be considered for Dimensions 2017. Jurors Belinda Harrow of Regina and Jenna Stanton of Medicine Hat selected the 36 works that make up this intriguing exhibition. In their statement the jurors emphasized the value of the juried process to building a strong creative community. They also expressed their satisfaction that a large percentage of the artisans whose works they had selected were emerging practitioners, which bodes well for the continued strength and development of Saskatchewan’s creative community.
The GPAG is pleased to present Dimensions and thanks the SCC for making this exciting exhibition possible.
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Kinsmen Club of Grimsby
The contemplative Art of Bruno Capolongo
November 25, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Sunday, November 26, 2-4pm
Grimsby artist Bruno Capolongo is well-known to many regional art lovers for his exquisitely crafted oil and encaustic paintings. He has with great skill explored landscape, still-life, the human figure, interior and exterior architectural scenes, as well as developed his own vocabulary for increasing and layering meaning by combining elements of the more traditional depictions with geometric and painterly abstraction and in multi-panel formats.
In his most recent body of work, the Kintsugi series, Capolongo explores kintsugi and the related Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi (where flaws and imperfections are embraced) as a metaphor for human experience. Kintsugi (golden joinery) or kintsukuroi (golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or other precious metals. Rather than attempting to hide the breakage, what is broken is accented, becoming part of the object’s history. Capolongo continues to paint elegant Asian pottery, especially of the Ming and Qing dynasties, but in these new paintings it is no longer their original perfection that attracts him, but a new understanding of the beauty of inherent flaws. Capolongo has said “Kintsugi is for me the art of becoming whole, of finding beauty and meaning through the fractures and fragments of life, of seeing life as made up of these pieces, jagged as they are, as in a mosaic.”
With these paintings Capolongo has reached a new level of understanding of life and the human condition and of his own role as a visual artist. GPAG is pleased and honoured to present these exquisite works that so perfectly blend the artist’s study of Eastern thought with his mastery of traditional Western technique to produce a contemplative whole.
Bruno Capolongo studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCA) and Vermont College of Art (MFA). He exhibits internationally and is widely represented in both private and public collections. He lives and works in Grimsby, ON and teaches out of his home studio.
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Craig & Sue Tallman