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Material Landscape – Jessica Bell & Kuh Del Rosario

Yactac Gallery is pleased to present “Material Landscape”, featuring works by Jessica Bell and Kuh Del Rosario.

You are invited to join us at the opening reception: September 24th (Sat), 2011, 7pm – 11pm.

Closing reception: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 7:00pm – 11:00pm. If you haven’t seen the beautiful works by Jessica Bell and Kuh Del Rosario, or if you want to have a good time, come join us this Sat!

In the works of Jessica Bell and Kuh Del Rosario, the material language is utilized and exploited to create a visual narrative of process and exploration. Though Jessica Bell and Kuh Del Rosario’s respective works differ in medium and genre, both set out in search of the new landscape. Utilizing colour as object, the painterly gesture is re-interpreted in various collections of utilitarian detritus. This use of domestic refuse then becomes the point in which the narrative comes alive; the imagery conjured from the tactile language that is present in our everyday.

Bell’s patchworks of textile scraps reference topographical maps of the urban terrain. Utilizing fabrics of varying weight and pattern, Bell creates compositions of geometrical shapes that hover between the spheres of assemblage and painting. Lines are drawn with thread and tensions between material meet at the seams. Stretched over the frame of traditional painting, Bell urges us to question the act of painting and perhaps painting itself.

Del Rosario’s prosaic sculptures are also constructed from salvaged materials, much of which are various foam such as styrofoam containers and scraps of insulation, are like geological samples of contemporary life. Soaked and blanketed in layers of colour, Del Rosario transforms negligible substances into pristine strata. The history inherent in the materials found in Del Rosario’s sculptures are cultivated and manipulated to create a new narrative of stacks and piles of the modern totem.

In “Material Landscape”, features the unexpected but fittingly paired new works by Jessica Bell and Kuh Del Rosario. Chosen for the whimsical discourse between Bell’s paintings and Del Rosario’s sculptures, this exhibition highlights the strengths of both bodies of work and promises both visual and tactile stimulation.

Jessica Bell holds a BA Art History with emphasis on architecture and design from The University of Calgary. In the summer of 2011 she exhibited a substantial series of oversized works on paper for her show Assembling Place, with Richmond Art Gallery. Bell is currently working on new textile pieces for Monument(al), a show with collagist Sarah Gee and sculptor Aaron Moran which will run November 5-12 at Vancouver’s East Van Studio.

Kuh Del Rosario graduated from The Alberta College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Painting (2003). Del Rosario recently exhibited at the Cutty Contemporary in Vancouver, and will be showing at the XPACE Cultural Center in Toronto, ON this coming November, 2011.

Yactac are Janice and Justine Cheung, Peggy and Karen Ngan.

*All the works are available for sale, please for details.

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