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|Caden, Good Vibrations - Homage to C.
Tousignant, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 40"X 40"
|Caden, Untitled, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 30"X 30"|
Rhythm and Hues
A series of acrylic paintings featuring themes of optical and/or geometric abstraction by Peter Caden
January 7 - February 25, 2022
Opening reception: First Friday, January 7 - gallery hours extended to 8 p.m.
Artist in attendance 5 - 8 p.m. and featuring live acoustic music by Jeremy Doody.
Artist's Talk: Friday, February 4 - gallery hours extended 4:30 - 8 p.m. Talk at 6:30 p.m.
About the Exhibition:
Peter Caden’s exhibit features a series of acrylic paintings exploring themes of optical and/or geometric abstraction. This series uses visual fields of concentric linear elements that create both bold and nuanced color interactions. The pieces have the painterly appeal of something hand-wrought rather than mechanical precision and are reminiscent of the work of other artists who have explored the relationships of colour through optical and geometric art (Claude Tousignant, Wassily Kandinsky, Jasper Johns, Kenneth Noland, Josef Albers). One can imagine that the meticulousness and repetitive process to produce these paintings in various combinations could become meditative or even addictive. In his talk, Caden’s will share some of his inspirations and process.
About the Artist:
Peter Caden was born in Toronto in 1955. He recalls that his first significant art influences were the frequent visits to the McMichael Art Collection and the Royal Ontario Museum. The writings of Hans Hoffman and Josef Albers, well known for his extensive research in colour theory have also impacted his studies in mid-century painting and ceramics. He is self-taught and began experimenting with gouache and encaustic in 2007 and now uses acrylic paints, employing a precise, methodical technique. Exhibiting non-figurative images and dynamic color, his current paintings are primarily concerned with creating images that are refreshing, reflective and sometimes whimsical.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
After hours and weekends during scheduled programs.
Questions about the Viewpoint Gallery can be directed to:
The City of Red Deer, Community Development
Community and Program Facilitator - Visual Arts
Persistent Creativity Everyday: a whimsical journey
An exhibition showcasing how a playful creative transforms small daily steps and everyday materials into works of art.
Dates: January 11 - February 28, 2022
As a creative, and self-taught artist, I endeavour to weave my varied interests and wisdom together in an enlightening and entertaining manner, to make people think, but above all else, bring a smile to their faces and hearts. While bedridden for most of 2017, I developed 5 to 10-minute practices which allowed me to commit to them daily. I’ve been called the “Queen of Small Steps” because my simple practices – though they may seem small individually – have added up to quite a body of work in a relatively short time period. My style is almost childlike in its simplicity and playfulness, as I draw inspiration from life around me: whether it is a favourite food that I create in crochet, the sky that I draw on the iPad (600+ drawings completed since April, 2021), something that happened during the day that I highlight in a simple comic strip (over 365 daily strips completed in 1-page folded books), or turning a nurturing practice of drinking a cup of tea into a deck for daily inspiration. I tend to look for simple and easy ways to convey my vision, such as Crayola wax crayons, paint pens, black ballpoint pen on plain white paper, watercolour pencils, and the Notes app on the iPad.
My selection highlights not only my whimsical playfulness, but also the simplicity of my practices: a sample of crochet food (patterns used from “Tasty Crochet” by Rose Langlitz and “Yummi’ Gurumi” by Christen Haden & Mariarosa Sala), canvases based on whimsical drawings I originally completed on mixed media paper with Crayola wax crayons and Sharpie/Posca paint pens similar to the Relax card and how I created the original Deep Truths deck, a simple daily 2-panel cartoon strip in ball point pen in handmade folded books, card decks I produced digitally - including the font, grids showcasing a selection of my many sky drawings - produced on the iPad - and how my skill has grown and developed. As well, in 2020, I was inspired by an art journal exercise to create archetype dolls in crochet: the nurturing mother (Mother Nature), the Muse (Artist Princess), feminine energy (Southern Belle) and the Spirit of Hope (Christmas Belle). This past fall, I started playing with drawing flowers and leaves with watercolour pencil on mixed media paper.
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About the Gallery:
Located adjacent to The City’s ceramics studio and recreation studios in the lower level of the Recreation Centre, this space provides a public venue for local artists and allows us to share in the talents and interests of fellow community members. Visit our Art Galleries page for more information.
4501 47a Avenue, Red Deer AB (in lower level of the Recreation Centre)
Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours: 12 - 5 p.m.
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Questions about the Corridor Community Gallery may be directed to:
The City of Red Deer, Community Development
Community and Program Facilitator, Visual Arts
The City of Red Deer has implemented the Provincial Restrictions Programs (REP) for all recreation and culture facilities. Masks are required indoors and visitors must provide their QR code vaccination record, or record of exemption or proof of negative COIVD 19 test within last 72 hours along identification. For more information: COVID-19 Information for Residents/Visitors.
Whether you're looking for that special gift, a piece for your home or simply venturing out for a fun afternoon of gallery hopping, view the Gallery Guide (pdf) for a listing of Red Deer art galleries, locations and hours of operation.
For more information about the Gallery Guide, please contact the Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-348-2787.