June 10 - July 24, 2021
Earls Court Gallery is proud to present “Convergent Terrain” featuring new artworks by Gallery Artist Floyd Elzinga and guest artist Nancy Farrell.
The title “Convergent Terrain” derived from taking of close look at each artist’s body of artwork. Unlike a solo exhibition, it is the curator’s role to enhance the thematic by titling the exhibition. Each artist approaches the subject of land with a different media and even aesthetic qualities. Floyd Elzinga cleans-up the Canadiana landscape with crisp hard lines that depict sweeping pines and shimmering water through the manipulation of steel. In contrast, Nancy Farrell’s paintings offer dynamic strokes of paint and layered images suggesting the effects caused to Canada’s terrain as a direct result to human’s environmental impacts-and her titles enhance this idea.
The term convergent has several definitions, but in relation to this exhibition I reflection upon the mathematical perspective- approaching a definite limit as more of its terms are added.
As humans continue to become more innovate throughout history and into the future, they have added more variables and outcomes in how the land will change. Environmentalists have continued to warn that small changes have long lasting impacts and we are starting to see them in big ways. It is with awareness to these variables that we can avoid a definite limit of the terrain we so cherish. Though not always obvious in Elzinga and Farrell’s paintings, the message of land preservation and awareness of environmental effects is always underlying. Furthermore, it is through their differences in media and application that Elzinga and Farrell’s artworks are able to create a dynamic and influential conversation in the gallery space.
Floyd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, NS. He was initially drawn to steel, due to its malleable, plastic and forgiving nature, and he continues to utilize its range of colours as well as the way light plays off the surface. He has been exploring traditional metal working techniques to create textures and depth the same way a painter would use a paintbrush.
Elzinga’s Pine Cone Colony installation was featured at The Campbell House Museum during Toronto’s 2010 Nuit Blanche. Public commissions of his work can be seen in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, as well as Rockcliffe Park Village Green, Ottawa, and the Canadian side of the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.
He currently lives next to his studio in Beamsville, Ontario nestled on the Niagara Escarpment.
After completing an Honours BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph in 1993, Nancy continued her art studies through numerous workshops in Canada and the United States. She studied with Peter Kolsnyk and John Leonard in Canada and Steve Aimone and Nicholas Wilton in the US. Working in sculpture, painting and mixed media, she has participated in the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition and Indoor Expos as well as over 100 solo, group and juried exhibitions.
This award-winning artist has always been intrigued with the endless potential of abstract and non-objective painting. This form of expression challenges her with an unparalleled means of conveying emotion and mood through the use of shape, strong colour and intuitive marks.
Her paintings begin by applying random lines and shapes onto canvas or paper. These marks often come from a feeling or recollection of landscape, both local and national. Personal symbols are often included as imagery evolves. Each drip, run and tool mark play a role in the outcome, creating a constant flow of problem solving. The process continues until balance or a feeling of resolution is achieved. Nancy delights in producing paintings for the viewer that are both compelling and revealing.
Nancy’s work can be found in many collections in Europe, the US and Canada. She has images published in “Alternative Kilns and Firing”, “100 figures” and “Expressive Drawing” all published by Lark Books.
Art & Music
When I approached Gallery Artist Floyd Elzinga about the dual exhibition with Nancy Farrell, he was excited to firstly be paired with Farrell, and secondly brought to my attention a small project that he had been working on with Bob Friesen. Friesen is a local musician, composer and performer notably known for composing “Canadian Dream”. Friesen who has a personal interest in Elzinga’s work, approached the artist to compose music inspired by his steel artworks. When “Convergent Terrain” started to solidify as a formal exhibition, I the pair approached the gallery to include some of the compositions with the artworks.
One might ask how could we possibly share music linked to an artwork, especially when many art exhibitions are no longer consumed within just the gallery walls? Friesen cleverly came up with the use of QR codes.
QR codes are, “a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.”
QR codes are becoming more frequently used in mass media. You may have seen them in the newspaper, in ads, or even commercials as they are starting to be use as quick graphics to link an audience directly to a website page. Friesen has customize the QR codes to include the artist’s artwork at the centre, which makes it a more visually dynamic than a monotone graphic.
To prepare the musical compositions, I digitally shared the exhibition’s artworks from both artist with Bob Friesen. As the artworld works, Friesen spoke about this project with another musician for critique and perspective. This musician is George Brasovan. Brasovan equally felt inspired and compelled to compose music. Bob Friesen then approached me to suggest two musical perspectives could be interwoven into the exhibit:
“We thought it would be interesting to listen to two different musical interpretations of the same piece…I can't help, but think that it would make each viewer consider the art for a longer period of time and more deeply.”
Seeing only further inspiration and no downside, I welcome you to enjoy two musical perspectives on artists Floyd Elzinga and Nancy Farrell. You will be able to find these QR Codes in with each artworks feature page. Simply scan and reflect on the image before you.
How to use a QR code:
- Open the Camera on your phone.
- Scan over the QR Code image, and a small notification should pop onto your screen.
- Click the link and listen as you view.
|"Lone Pine"||"Whale Watching"|
|"Northern Night"||"Inner State 300"|
|"Strong Pine"||"Leaving Earth Behind"|
|"Three Seasons- Triptych"
George Brasovan is a Canadian composer/performer/teacher multi-instrumentalist . His repertoire includes a variety of musical styles from jazz standards to pop, to classical and world music. As a professional composer/ arranger, George has to his credit, a number of film scores, albums and commercials and was nominated for a Juno award for the "Chase a Rainbow" CD. He is the recipient of the TV Ontario Award in Education, the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, and the CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Award, which is sponsored by the Juno Awards Committee in Ottawa.
Bob Friesen is a Canadian composer/performer. He has publish four albums chronicling his travel and life experiences. Bob has performed on three continents and has played his song, “Canada’s Dream” for the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He taught science and art for over 30 years and has a great interest in the way art influences mood and thought.