Glimpse, an exhibition of new paintings by David Gillanders and Christine Nobel, addresses questions of perception and representation. Each artist’s work transforms the representational image through sophisticated explorations in vocabularies of abstraction. The paintings are at once conceptually rigorous and abundantly visual. Gillanders interrupts the image through overlapping; blurring; shifts in colour and scale; and the sectioning off of the painted image in order to toy with the illusion of space and the flatness of hard-edge abstraction. Nobel’s representation of one’s relationship, through Nature, to self and cosmos are inspired by the actual tapestries of ancient cultures, the grid structure taking a direct cue from the warp and weft of woven textiles and traditional fabrics.
Recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ontario Arts Council, David Gillanders has exhibited his work widely in Canada and in the United States (Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids). His work is held in a number of notable collections, among them the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Loto-Québec, and BMO Financial Group. David Gillanders is currently living in Ottawa, Canada.
The unseen world within forms of matter is brought to life in the recent collection of works by Christine Nobel. Scenes from the natural world provide the subject matter for the paintings, though the physical forms are only apparent behind veiled layers of perception. Christine Nobel was born in Montreal, Quebec and studied contemporary fine art at Concordia University, Montreal (Bachelors in Painting and Drawing, Minor in Photography, 2005) and Environmental Studies at Sir Sandford Fleming in Lindsay, ON (Diploma 1997). She is currently living and working in Ottawa, Ontario. www.christinenobel.com