Featuring Oksana Movchan and Craig Le Blanc, two artists that are new to The Front Gallery.
Craig will be showing several of his shields; known as an escutcheon in heraldry.
Historically, the escutcheon of a family or a regiment displayed the loyalties of knights and noblemen. Derived from combat armour, a motto was often inscribed with the shield as a rallying cry or a statement of fidelity and endurance. Craig’s shield-forms offer more doubt and anxiety than the certainty or bravado of their historic counterpart.
Craig’s art practice reveals a long-standing interest in vulnerability, bravado, ego, loss and façade. In 1996 he began an extended focus on masculinity, work that examined the burden of socially constructed ideals upon what it means to be male. In recent years Le Blanc has redirected this investigation to explore identity politics more broadly, using confessional narratives that both parody and celebrate the perpetual reshaping of subjectivity as seen in his 2016 series She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.
Le Blanc’s works negotiate the tension between protective veneer and blatant exposure. He creates robust and structured forms that mirror the gendered stereotypes they allude to such as aggressivity, virility, competitiveness, while simultaneously inverting those assumptions.
Known for craftsmanship and execution, he employs many mediums and technologies in the search for the appropriate creative solution. He has worked within post-secondary design education for two decades, exposing him to methodologies that forever influence his artwork.
He has works in several private, corporate and municipal collections.
Oksana Movchan’s new body of work “Dialogues of Silence” is a series of large scale paintings and a new voice for Oksana.
An investigation into the theory of colour and colour properties where each colour corresponds to a certain significant meaning in each work.
This journey of personal self-discovery, and figuring out some of life’s fundamental questions, is both very personal, and universal at the same time.
Oksana’s symbolic interpretation of colour, the use of geometrical shapes, the juxtaposition of flat and sculptural forms, and the use of linear elements to ‘hold’ the composition together successful establish a balance between the abstract elements and the storytelling qualities of her work.
It is known that every colour has a unique effect on individuals and stimulates various responses and Oksana’s new work motivates an inner dialogue that transcends. Choosing to use a single colour per painting (in addition to black and white), these featured colors will embody and inform the meaning of each of the works contributing to the storytelling.
This exhibition opens October 18th, 2018, closes November 15, 2018.