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Exhibitions February 2009

TOTEMS & PAINTINGS

Mark Oldland and Michael Shemchuk

PREVIEW PARTY
Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 5-8 pm

SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION
Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 6-9 pm

SHOW DATES
February 14 - March 7, 2009

GALLERY HOURS
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

SECOND SATURDAY WEEK ONLY
Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 6-9pm


(left) Incendiary Totem, 52" high x 12" base, Steel and Masonry, Mark Oldland
(Right) Chit Chat 4, 24" x 24", Mixed Media, Michael Shemchuk

Artist Statement

I have always been drawn to color. Pure color. How opposite or like colors complement each other and the myriad of emotions that colors evoke.

I describe my work as "a surface of navigation", like a map. The paintings I produce are abstract landscapes of color, shapes, lines and textures related and synchronized to create their own rhythm. My work attempts to awaken the memories of color and light that are evident in all of us, and to inspire our sensibilities to have a dialog with these memories.

Inspiration comes in the many environments I observe "in the world". The sophisticated colors and patterns of a Gee's Bend quilt or wandering through the grey concrete world of a parking garage or observing the sublime color of water in a white bathtub. These places and objects instill in me ideas of light, color and balance. Inspirations are not always evident and they arrive in many different forms.

- Michael Shemchuk



Michael Shemchuk

Totem 41
72 x 8.5 x 4 inches

Totem 40
27 x 8.5 x 4 inches

Slow Curve A

Slow Curve B

Totem 30

Totem 39
27 x 8.5 x 4 inches

Slow Curve C

Chit Chat
24 x 24 inches