Peter Hoffer and Rachel MacFarlane
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Photo: Fox Martindale
Nicholas Metivier Gallery kicked up the new year with two openings for two very different artists.
As the press release stated, “The landscapes in Hoffer’s current exhibition are powerful yet sparse. At the center of most paintings sits a solitary tree, resembling the composition of a portrait. Each tree conveys a particular character and depending on its structure and surroundings, some trees appear heroic while others fragile.”
Just looking at the photographs of Hoffer’s paintings I’ve thought that they are just another Northern landscapes. Standing in front of them gives a totally different feeling. Their large size emphasizes the loneliness of trees mirroring our own and the transparent white layer on the top on the paint creates a special air condition with clouds overhanging.
As a contrast to Hoffer’s almost monocrome compositions Rachel MacFarlene’s paintings caught the eye with their strong colors.
As outlined in the press release “MacFarlane’s process begins with small maquettes that she makes from collected and curated refuse. These maquettes are then lit, studied and used as still-lifes for the structural foundation of her oil paintings. … MacFarlane’s imaginative use of colour, pattern and scale then eventually takes over, … drawing inspiration from new technology and contemporary culture such as video games and computer graphics.”
The gallery was packed with patrons and you can overhear many interesting discussions about the styles of the artists and the impression they strong work created in the viewers.
The exhibition is open till January 26, 2013 in 451 King Street West, gallery hours: Tue-Sat 10–6 pm.