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PREVIEW IN PRINT | FEATURE: Bratsa Bonifacho: Grazioso Sempre

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014

COVER IMAGE: Bratsa Bonifacho, installation view, works from the Grazioso Sempre series
[Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA – Sep 5-27 and Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC – Sep 13-27]











Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson
Esker Foundation
Calgary AB – Sep 27-Dec 14, 2014

Bogdan Cheta
Stride Gallery
Calgary AB – Jul 23-Oct 10, 2014

7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.
Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Oct 11, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Black Diamond Dust
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo BC – Sep 20-Dec 13, 2014

Dominique Gaucher: Hybris Nemesis
Douglas Udell Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 4-15, 2014

Bratsa Bonifacho
Foster/White Gallery
Seattle WA – Sep 5-27, 2014
Bau-Xi Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 13-27, 2014

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature
Surrey Gallery
Surrey BC – Sep 20-Dec 14, 2014

Nicholas Sassoon: Dream Homes
Wil Aballe Art Projects
Vancouver BC – Nov 6-Dec 6, 2014

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 18, 2014-Jan 11, 2015

Story Booth Project
1060 North Park Street
Victoria BC – Aug 1-Sep 30, 2014

Tyler Hodgins: Small Things
Polychrome Gallery
Victoria BC – Oct 9-23, 2014

Nicola López: Forecasting an Impossibly Possible Tomorrow
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Portland OR – Aug 7-Sep 27, 2014

Kip Fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
Nikkei National Museum
Burnaby BC– Sep 13, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Dianne Kornberg: Then/Now 1992-2014
Prographica Gallery
Seattle WA – Sep 6-Oct 11, 2014

Madonna Comix and Other Collaborations
Western Gallery
Bellingham WA – Sep 29-Nov 22, 2014

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 5-Nov 30, 2014

Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT

7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.
7: PROFESSIONAL NATIVE INDIAN ARTISTS INC.

Bratsa Bonifacho: Grazioso Sempre
BRATSA BONIFACHO

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature
FLORA AND FAUNA

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors
THE FORBIDDEN CITY

Nicola López: Forecasting an Impossibly Possible Tomorrow
NICOLA LOPEZ

Dianne Kornberg: Then/Now 1992-2014 / Madonna Comix and Other Collaborations
DIANNE KORNBERG

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993
AI WEIWEI: NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHS

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Howard Behrens, Seaside

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William Blake, Plate 2, Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant Albion

Conservator's Corner Seeing Color/Printing Color: A Review

Calgary: a visual arts scene takes flight

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Bratsa Bonifacho, Accented Staccato

Bratsa Bonifacho, Accented Staccato (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]

Bratsa Bonifacho: Grazioso Sempre

Foster/White Gallery
Seattle WA – Sep 5-27, 2014

Bau-Xi Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 13-27, 2014

Bratsa Bonifacho, The Answer Is…

Bratsa Bonifacho, The Answer Is… (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Près de la Table

Bratsa Bonifacho, Près de la Table (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Fantaisies Symphonique
Bratsa Bonifacho, Fantaisies Symphonique (2014), acrylic on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho, Cantata da Camera
Bratsa Bonifacho, Cantata da Camera (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]


Bratsa Bonifacho extends his ongoing interest in using grid-like compositions and letterforms to convey ideas and feelings abstractly in this new series of canvasses based on the beauty and power of classical music. Beethoven, Bach and Buxtehude, among others, provide a musical backdrop in Bonifacho’s studio to which the artist responds by allowing the energetic and subtle inflections of music to inform and activate his work.

Bonifacho is a well-known Vancouver artist who has been painting for over 50 years. His thoughtful abstractions of the last decade have incorporated text and alphabet characters to touch on contemporary society. In his Grazioso Sempre pieces, identifiable letter symbols are highly deconstructed into rhythmic forms, pure simplified shapes, and obscured overlapping semblances of text that together form the voice in these otherwise purely abstract paintings.

In many of the pieces, recognizable letters are turned sideways. Some can be seen as mirroring musical notes that follow the stream of multi-layered instrumentation or vocals in the cantatas and symphonies Bonifacho listens to while painting. The bold and beautiful graphic quality of Bonifacho’s paintings evoke shifting tempos that gracefully express the magnitude of movement, physicality and deep textural sounds in classical music compositions.

Allyn Cantor





















































Bratsa Bonifacho, Littérateur

Bratsa Bonifacho, Littérateur (2014), oil on canvas [Foster/White Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 5-27/Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 13-27]

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