Opens March 8th
Bernadine has been invited to participate in Drawuary 2013 at Gallery Gachet which opens Mar 8th and runs until April 7th.
I was thrilled to participate in this year's Drawuary. Drawing is one of my primary joys in my artistic life. Having spent years upon years teaching drawing, I found it liberating to spend time each day focusing on my own drawing and to take this experience in two very opposite, but my favourite, directions: contour and realistic.
Contour drawings are done by placing your pencil, marker, or other mark-making tool on the paper and then while ONLY looking at the object you are drawing you begin by having your brain tell your hand how to make that line. The purpose of this is training that hand-eye coordination so necessary in the act of drawing. I love it because of the end result. It is a freeing exercise that disallows your left brain to get in there and start commenting on what you are doing or how. Consequently, my perfectionist self is quieted for a moment or two.
The second type of drawing I did for Drawuary was based on realistic renderings of eyes. Eyes are particularly fascinating to me. I know, Da Vinci said they are the windows to the soul. But, more than that they are a window to an artist's capabilities. This area of the body is not a simple bit of flesh over muscle over bone. This area includes a hard, yet fluid-filled, spherical object (the eye) which is housed in a hole in the skull. The edges of that hole are hard bone. The eye itself is covered with loose flesh with very little muscle. It has hair (one of the toughest things to draw at times) on both the flesh around the eye and as part of the eyebrow. And if it is an eye, like those above, the flesh has been affected by time and includes wrinkles.
Probably the most important thing about participating in Drawuary is the stipulation of one drawing per day for every day in February. My life, like many of us, is filled with too many things to do and not enough time and energy. Consequently, once the day was done so was the drawing. I did not go back and touch up. I did not redo. I did not replace. The drawing was the drawing for that day: good or bad. That is an important lesson for not just me, but all artists: Not every piece of art we do is a masterpiece.
For more information on Drawuary and all the artists who are included please see below:
Gallery Gachet presents
Drawuary: Not A Day Goes By
Curated by Gabrielle Hill
March 8th – April 7th, 2013
Opening night: Friday March 8th, 7 – 11pm
Vancouver, BC, This February eighteen artists converge for the fourth annual Drawuary, a project in which each contributing artist makes a drawing a day for the entire month of February. Drawuary is an exercise in limitations, abundance, ambitions, failure, and success.
Evan Sabourin, participating in the event for the 3rd time states: “the most challenging thing about participating in Drawuary isn’t the daily discipline, it’s being accepting of what the end results are. I might aspire stylistically to draw a certain way but over the 28 day period there is no faking it, no dekeing out either.”
Drawuary is a drawing project for everyone: outsiders and insiders; obsessive and compulsive drawers; developing and hesitant new drawers. However, as curator Gabrielle Hill explains: “while the artists this year come from a wide array of arts backgrounds, they share in common a drawing practice that thrives outside of elite arts institutions.”
Some of the participants create and exhibit their work in photocopied zines and comics, like Jonny Peterson, or on punk flyers, like Vancouver musician and artist Legs. Some work in Aboriginal friendship centres or artist-run collectives, like Jeska Slater, Bernadine Fox, and Quin Martins. Others, including Peter Morin and Spencer Keeton Cunningham, exhibit extensively in galleries, yet maintain alternative practices painting alley murals or beading with youth.
This year’s Drawuary artists include Ron Solonas, Jonny Peterson, Aaron Rossner, Morag Kydd, Legs, Peter Morin, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Evan Sabourin, Jeska Slater, Brennan Kelly, Gabe Hill, Jesse Corcoran, Chloe Gammon, Nizhoni Ellenwood, Syvia Munson, Bernadine Fox, Luey Mcquaid and Quin Martins.
Drawuary will culminate in an ambitious exhibition of each and every drawing made during the month. Always impressive in scope and scale, this year’s exhibit will feature close to 500 drawings by some truly awesome and driven emerging, underground artists. Drawuary: Not A Day Goes By opens at Gallery Gachet March 8th, 2013 and runs until April 7th.
Also, Bernadine's "The Family Way" is still up at Place des Arts until March 16th as a part of "Shaped by the Past." We have been approached by a filmmaker to make a small film regarding this exhibition. This will be happening in the next month.
Below is a close up of Bernadine's painting