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Ron Shuebrook, Airport (for LPS)

Ron Shuebrook, Airport (for LPS) (2014), charcoal on Arches paper [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 7-Apr 26]

Ron Shuebrook: Drawings

Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna BC – Mar 7-Apr 26, 2015

Ron Shuebrook, Site of Discourse

Ron Shuebrook, Site of Discourse (2014), charcoal on Arches paper [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 7-Apr 26] Collection of the artist

This six-venue touring exhibition, organized by the Thames Art Gallery of Chatham, Ontario, features abstract charcoal drawings by the Toronto-based senior artist Ron Shuebrook. In addition to the 23 framed works assembled for the touring exhibition, the artist has included seven large-scale, unframed works made especially for the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Now 71, Shuebrook is among the few remaining artists whose practices are rooted in the questions, answers and anxieties that attended mid-20th-century modern art. Thus, it should come as no surprise to find in Shuebrook’s current production evocations of period Modernists such as Franz Kline, Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell.

Rather than reinscribe the characteristics of this era, Shuebrook, who has taught at some of Canada’s leading art institutions, prefers to converse with them – as one might expect from a dedicated educator whose interests extend to expressions of reference and allusion and their critique.

Accompanying the exhibition is a handsome catalogue that includes thoughtful texts by notable Canadian artists Melanie Authier, John Kissick and David Urban, as well as a probing interview by the ubiquitous Robert Enright.

Michael Turner

Ron Shuebrook, Wharf

Ron Shuebrook, Wharf (2012), charcoal on rag paper [Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Mar 7-Apr 26] Collection of the artist


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015