Summer Show

July 1st - July 31st, 2015 - Edmonton Gallery

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The summer exhibition features the latest work from a few of our young and up and coming artists Montreal photographer Hua Jin, Calgary painter Erik Olson, Regina-based sculptor Troy Coulterman and Jessica Korderas from Halifax, who will be exhibiting her cast resin sculptures in her upcoming solo show Dystopia later this October.

About the Artists:

Hua Jin is a visual artist who has exhibited photo-based works in Canada, USA, China, and the Netherlands. Jin was born in China and lived in Shanghai before moving to Vancouver in 2007. Originally trained as an animator and graphic designer, Jin has also worked as an artistic and creative director. Her works are included in many publications and private collections including the public collection of Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai (MOCA). She was the Emerging Artist of the 2012 Vancouver Mayor Art in Visual Art; the winner of Canadian SnapStar photo competition (2012), the winner of TOP20 Chinese Contemporary Photographer Award (2011), and she received first place in the Canon Photography Awards in the 2012 Emily Carr Grad Exhibition. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2012 and is currently studying at Concordia University for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts (Photography).

With bold colour and exuberant brushwork, Erik Olson combines classically based portraiture with a modernist’s impulse. At once playful, genuine and expressionistic, his paintings depict amplified characters and spaces emerging as if from dreams. Fragmented figures, objects and places culled from diverse and disparate sources are reassembled as cohesive visions of reality. Seemingly frenetic at first glance, the compositions are revealed to have a surprisingly harmonious asymmetry. Born in Calgary in 1982, Olson has travelled extensively. With a degree from the Emily Carr University, his work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of England, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Art Gallery of Calgary, the University of Wisconsin / Milwaukee Union Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Several paintings are in the public collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, as well as numerous private and corporate collections.

Regina-based artist Troy Coulterman crafts three-dimensional human figures in seductive colours, with exaggerated features and forms that are directly influenced from graphic novels. Absurd, abstract forms engulf, drip and extrude from the figures he creates. These forms that surround or become part of the figures are visual metaphors of absurd anomalies and emotional states the characters he creates are experiencing. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and he has had solo exhibitions in Toronto, Portland, San Diego, and Regina.

Jessica Korderas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in English from Mount Allison University in 2007. An emerging artist, Korderas is well on her way to establishing herself as a unique talent, captivating the public with her sophisticated use of acrylic resin. Korderas has participated in group and solo exhibitions since her graduation. Her inclusion in "Art with Heart", a juried fundraising event for Casey House in Toronto in 2009 and again in 2010 garnered her much recognition within the art community. She has been included in a public group exhibition titled, "inbetween", curated by Mireille Eagan, which exhibited at The Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI in 2009, and at The Doris McCarthy galley in Toronto, ON, in 2011. She exhibited in 2013 at Galerie de l'UQAM in Montreal, QC, as part of 'Le Project Peinture/The Painting Project' curated by Marie-Eve Beaupré and Julie Bélisle. Korderas received a creation grant from Nova Scotia's Communities, Culture and Heritage in 2012, another from Arts Nova Scotia in 2013, and a project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2013. She was invited to participate in her first artist residency in 2014 as part of the Canadian Residency project located in Detroit, MI.

Image details: Erik Olson, Armour, Oil on Canvas, 19.75 X 15.75 in., 2015.


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