Studio B Gallery is proud to present an exhibit entitled “Paper Cuts” of art by Beth Borsato, Sophie Gilmore, Tasha Hefford and Clive Powsey. The exhibit, curated by Studio B’s resident curator Sonia Stastny, opens on Friday, September 23rd with a reception from 7 to 11pm.
“Paper Cuts” is a group exhibition exploring art on paper, whether it be in ink, print or watercolour. At first glance simple and unassuming, the often underappreciated medium of paper can be a vehicle of complex ideas and a window into the artist’s practice. Whereas paint can be layered and stripped away to achieve a certain effect (often using many processes including digital alterations), paper is an intrinsically unforgiving medium and can be in some ways thought of as “vulnerable”, revealing the artistic process and all of its nuances and experiments in other words, the final product reveals the entire journey.
In Paper Cuts, four different artists experiment with paper, and various materials, producing a variety of effects, all revolving around the human experience and how we witness the world around us. Beth Borsato and Sophie Gilmore, both local artists exhibiting with Studio B Gallery for the first time, offer closeups and snapshots of the human figure and all of its wonderful imperfections. Tasha Hefford, a Vancouver artist and curator, has previously been part of group exhibits at Studio B, is interested in the blurred coexistence of our virtual selves created via social media and our “real” physical selves, which she portrays in her surreal ink drawings with washes of acrylic, watercolour and gouache. Clive Powsey, a seasoned local artist, continues to explore existential questions found in the catacombs of the human psyche in his prints incorporating collage, old sketches and trilobites.
In Spring 2016, Studio B Gallery hosted another successful series of Collage Nights – dropin sessions open to anyone and everyone interested in the art of collagemaking. Highly popular, collage workshops will be available through Cumberland Community School Society and through Comox Valley Art Gallery this Fall. For updates on events and workshops, please visit the guild’s website at sewsistersartistguild.org.
Studio B Gallery is located at 2704 Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland.