ANNA WILSON

"Chasing Legends: La Cloche" at 19 on the Park, Stouffville


June, 2018

Solo exhibit in the lobby of "19 on the Park" theatre in Stouffville (http://www.19onthepark.com/about.html).

Currated by the Latcham Gallery (http://www.latchamgallery.ca)

This series is an exploration of the La Cloche landscape in Northern Ontario, made famous by the Group of Seven. As an immigrant, I am continually in the process of developing my Canadian identity, which for me is routed in relationship to the land. I wondered what I could create if I connected with the same environments that inspired these Canadian art icons?

I engaged with the land and found myself captivated by the large variety of lichen covered, colourful rocks, which reminded me of abstract paintings…

The resulting photographs play with depth perception. Perspective is compressed, like in abstract paintings. Shallow depth of field, transforms out of focus areas into painterly backgrounds, bringing our attention to texture and form, inviting the viewer to see landscapes of their imagination.

The installation reveals my creative process, featuring 4x6 “proofs” and a large scale “select”, recalling Group of Seven “en pain air” sketches and refined studio paintings. 

I painted my abstract composition the way I experienced it while photographing… colours are more vibrant, textures transformed, shapes more clearly defined. Can both the painting and the photograph exist as separate art pieces?


"19 on the Park" lobby, Stouffville


Charlton Lake Geometry, 2018
La Cloche Lakes, Ontario
Acrylic on canvas
24”x 36”


Willisville Rust, 2018
La Cloche Mountains, Ontario
Acrylic on canvas
9”x 12”

Willisville Rust, 2018
La Cloche Mountains, Ontario
Pigment Print 
16”x 20”



Proofs I, 2018
Willisville, Ontario
Chromogenic 4”x6” Prints
Framed size: 24”x18”


 Proofs II, 2018
Willisville, Ontario
Chromogenic 4”x6” Prints
Framed size: 24”x18”

BEAM ON at Newmarket Old Town Hall


In recognition of Canadian Mental Health Week and National Youth Week, the Mindful Project is showcasing its second annual Art Exhibition; Beam On. This exhibit will explore the expressive and cathartic process of creating, sharing and viewing art. I am proud to have been included in this important and moving show.

May 1 to June 28, 2018
Tuesday to Friday 4 to 8 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
Serpa & MySpace Galleries
Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)
Free Admission


 

Latchman Gallery's - Little Big Night Out


My little piece "Early Winter Frost" from the STILL body of work was auctioned off during ‘little’ Big Night Out on the town at The Latcham Gallery, Saturday, March 3 at 7:30pm. Attendees took home pieces of original, small-scale art in the art auction. Proceeds from 'little' Big Night Out  supported The Latcham Gallery's education and exhibition programming. 

The Art of Giving - Live Auction


Benefiting those in need in our communities, The Art of Giving was an exclusive live auction fundraiser that featured donated art from 25 Canadian artists, live music and a cocktail reception. The donated artwork was on display during the cocktail reception so guests could view the art up-close and speak with the artists before the live auction started. Funds raised through The Art of Giving will go to the York Region and York Regional Police employee campaign in support of United Way Toronto & York Region. Over the past 23 years through these annual campaigns, employees from both organizations have raised more than $4.3 million in support of United Way!


At The Art of Giving - Photo by Joanne Witt


My artwork on display - Photo by Joanne Witt



Newmarket Old Town Hall Gallery - Photo by Joanne Witt

Artrepreneur Expo


On Tuesday, September 26th, 6-9pm, please join the York Region Artrepreneurs, of which I am one, for an event showcasing our businesses and creative endeavours.
 
Come to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to hear from me and my fellow participants advancing from the fourth Artrepreneur York Region cohort. Listen to presentations, witness us  graduate and connect one-on-one with our group of innovators and creators. From sound design to social improv, painting to dance, and much more in-between, the graduating fellows represent York Region’s diverse artistic landscape.