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Richard Thomas Davis
Champagne Reception - Willy Ramos
11/25/2016 - 12/17/2016
Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition for contemporary Spanish artist, Willy Ramos. Please join us on Friday, November 25 from 6 - 9 pm for the champagne reception. The artist will be in attendance.
Willy Ramos' large-scale paintings, with their exuberant colour, expressionistic mark-making and active surfaces, recall the paintings of such twentieth century masters as Kandinsky and Matisse. Though representational in terms of their subject matter, Ramos' paintings function as abstract rhythms of light and colour, organized in harmonious compositions that are both balanced and energized.
Exhibition runs November 25 - December 17, 2016
John Ballantyne | Silence and Light
4/2/2016 - 4/23/2016
Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to present our second solo exhibition for renowned Canadian artist, John Ballantyne. Please join us for the opening reception of John Ballantyne | Silence and Light on Saturday April 2 from 2-5pm. Artist in attendance.
"Music is constant. Listening is intermittant." - John Cage.
The same could be said for both looking and seeing and also for depicting our visions in the realm of painted images: looking is constant but actual seeing is only occasional. Paintings such as Ballantyne’s are invitations to a ritual of looking that engages our imaginations far above and below the apparently straightforward substance of the images represented. They are what they appear to be: placid architectural spaces, portraits of both interiors and exteriors, still life’s with rooms and buildings instead of fruits or flowers, designed and built landscapes at once tightly contained and yet fully open to conjecture.rn
rnAs such they also aspire to be accurate diagrams of something impossible to behold, something which the poet Goethe once offered as an ideal definition of what architecture is and what it does: frozen music. In Ballantyne’s work we witness a certain kind of mathematical precision which is not strictly realistic per se but in fact actually arrives at quite a different destination: a metaphysical dwelling place for the frozen music of form and content. Another primary and recurring focus of his work is the frequent element of illuminated objects which remind of us of the original meaning of the word photo-graphis: drawing with light.
Champagne Reception - Michael Burges: Reverse Glass Painting
10/14/2016 - 11/12/2016
Odon Wagner Contemporary is delighted to present our first solo exhibition for contemporary German artist, Michael Burges. The luminous reverse glass paintings of Burges extend a long and deep tradition of placing the image on the other side of a transparent transmission surface.
Please join us on Friday, October 14 from 6 - 9 pm for the champagne reception. Michael Burges will be in attendance.
6/9/2016 - 6/9/2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 9, 6-9pm
Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to present our fourth solo exhibition of new paintings by Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist, Zhang He.
Energy. The source of all things, material and immaterial. If energy (ch’i) has a signature, it could resemble the abstract calligraphic dance of paint in the hands of Zhang He. If the creative principle or force behind nature were potentially an algorithm, a program for infusing the formless with structure, then its designer’s autograph might resemble the vibrant paths of these bold images.
At the abstract or atomic level, energy is a trickster, what indigenous peoples call a shapeshifter: one second it’s a leaf, the next minute it’s a tree, the next century it’s a mountain. Zhang He’s paintings feel like a portrait of the trickster in action, and they give what used to be called action painting a new lease on life, a secret life. There is an atomic ambiguity at work here, and whether they metaphorically depict trees, flowers, tidal waves or volcanic eruptions, as “Abundance”, “Bouquet”, “Between Waves” or “Fireworks” all seem to do, they each share the element of exploding into an eternity of colour.
Myth and Mystique: The Art of Malcolm Rains
5/7/2016 - 5/28/2016
Please join us for the opening reception of Myth and Mystique: The Art of Malcolm Rains, our first solo exhibition for the renowned Canadian contemporary artist, on Saturday, May 7th from 2-5 pm.
It's not only that Malcolm Rains is a master of many styles and that each one looks the way a spoken dialect in language sounds: he is in fact a master stylist, period. Each of his motifs belongs to a broad and deep painting territory which he traverses and revisits the same way we can return to Rome or Athens to follow our own footsteps and yet still feel it's a first time encounter. There's something hauntingly familiar, gently reassuring and yet utterly otherworldly in the way this artist can explore major subjects over a long term career trajectory.
One such subject is a domain he has confidently commanded for over a decade, the kind of crisp representation I can only call objective portraiture. Whether it's the way fruit occupies space on a table, or the way light is refracted from a glowing metallic surface of pure colour, or the way creased paper can assume the awesome stature of a mountain, one recursive element remains shared by them all: optical splendour and its transmission.
These new images by Rains, all meticulously rendered in oil on linen in the precise manner which has become one of his signature styles, and all breathtakingly beautiful, also call into question any artificial barriers or boundaries between the formats and themes of art history as we've become accustomed to it. They offer us instead the fabula of a non-localized reality.