Peter Robertson Gallery presents David Cantine ‘STILL Still -Life’ Andrew Rucklidge ‘The Bureau of Reclamation’
June 15 – July 8, 2017
For the Opening Reception – Thursday, June 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Live jazz by Jerrold Dubyk
David Cantine’s highly recognizable compositions of coloured circles below Plexiglas have been the
painter’s primary pursuit for 43 years of his impressive painting career spanning almost six decades. What originally began as a still-life of apples and their shadows evolved into the present abstract imagery of four circles and seven colours. Motivated by the use of “structural colour instead of descriptive colour,” David Cantine continues to explore variations on this minimalist theme. Since the early 2000s, he has also explored a more painterly form of colourful abstracted still-life, with echoes of inspiration from Giorgio Morandi.
Born in Jackson, Michigan, Cantine received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa before permanently relocating to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He taught Drawing at the University of Alberta for over thirty years and has been featured multiple times in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
His work has been exhibited in over 20 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows, at the Art Gallery of Alberta, at the University of Alberta’s FAB Gallery, and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art among others.
The Bureau of Reclamation
While creating these paintings I imagined a radical group of people, communicating only by invisible means through the atmosphere, that collaborated independently of governments to rehabilitate the common lands and public spaces of their respective countries.
They called themselves informally ‘The Bureau of Reclamation’.
For this show Rucklidge has painted contested landscapes as they transition into a hopeful state of reclamation led by non-governmental groups of highly motivated people who communicate through invisible means via the atmosphere. As seeds and projects take root, this informal ‘Bureau of Reclamation’ slowly reclaims the treeless landscape and attempts to optimize its redevelopment as reclaimed public space. Utopian and Pre-Lapsarian states start to mingle amongst an overtaxed land recovering from heavy use. Colours purposely shift in and out of their descriptive function: for example the cobalt blue sitting on the surface of the weave of linen may be describing atmosphere or form or simply that this was the site of a cobalt mine. The paintings presented here record the hopeful nascent beginnings of this revolutionary reclamation project.
Andrew Rucklidge lives and works in Toronto, where he also teaches in the Department of Painting and Drawing at OCADU. He received his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London 2003 and since then has shown internationally at The New Contemporaries in London, Store Gallery in London, John Connelly Presents in New York, Frieze Art Fair, Zoo Art Fair, The Armoury, NADA Miami, Volta Basel, Art Chicago, Berliner Liste, Art Cologne, DC Dusseldorf as well as the Scope art fairs and TIAF in Toronto. In 2013, he received both the K.M. Hunter Visual Artist Award and the Laura Ciruls Painting Award. His work is in collections such as UBS London, Zabludowicz 176 Collection London, Kunstmuseum Gotland Sweden, Soho House London and Toronto, Google, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank.
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