A Passionate Vision
May 1 – May 26, 2014
Bob Evermon & Barry Wainwright
Distinguished Canadian artists Bob Evermon who dances with nature, and Barry Wainright who confronts the realm of dreams, bring together shared experiences and creative diversity.
In the past, Wainwright and Evermon have exhibited in the same shows and been featured in the same catalogues. Each held the other’s work in high regard but had never met until they both came to live in Sechelt and found themselves to be neighbours. Their careers had paralleled each other’s as both were professors of fine arts and printmakers. Collaborating to put on a show together for the first time was the logical outcome of their years of connection. Passionate Vision is an exhibition that reflects their ongoing commitment as practicing artists who have shown continuously over the years.
My work has always been anchored in natural forms, line, colour and structure, exploring the depth, poetry and beauty of the visual language. I feel my subject matter is somewhere between Warhol and Andy Goldsworthy in its nature. Like Warhol I am taking a common every day subject that people walk on, in this case the lava structures of the Kilauea Volcano or the blue lines of the Sunshine Coast and present them as a visually complete work of art.
My paint brush is the liquid magma from deep inside the earth and the glaze that comes from the minerals that take many years to create the deep rich colours. Goldsworthy works with nature, changes it to make it more visually interesting. I compose and write the stories of works that nature has already changed into a work of art.
My sculpture, paintings and prints that were hand formed have always been inspired by the line in nature. Nature is now my tool of choice in forming and inspiring these lines. In some cases the work invites me to join with it in a dance with nature. This work adds other dimensions and depths of visual poetry that are already a part of who I am in the opera of life on our blue marble.
“The artist is human himself nature; part of nature within natural space.” Paul Klee 1879 – 1940
Bob Evermon has showed his work and is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn – The Minneapolis Institute of Art – Iran Modern Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC – Canada Art Bank Collection. – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC – – 2012 permanent collection at the Norton Simon Museum in Las Angeles.
Exhibitions – California Society of Etchers, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco – Imprint, Toronto Art Museum – Equinox Gallery – Downey Art Museum – Father and Son, Blanden Art Gallery, Iowa – Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver – Retrospective, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC – Richmond Art Gallery – Five Out Of Five, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver
Bob is a master printer in stone lithography and has been a professor of art in six different art schools & universities, including Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, Michigan and 30 years at Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, BC, in the US, Canada and Italy.
Dreams, symbols and what they mean to me
“Nothing happens unless first a dream” – Carl Sandburg
“In dreams begins responsibility” – William Butler Yeats
The question frequently asked of me is, “where do the ideas and images you create come from?” The answer is simple – DREAMS.
I have a very special relationship with dreams. Not only do I have dreams every night, but they tell me things – not literally of course – but they do reveal through symbols, meanings and consequences, what lies behind the mask of my conscious life.
My interest in dreams came about when I was introduced to a thesis on dream analysis: OENERICS (the study of dreams) and PSYCHOSOMATICS (the integration of mind and body) by Rolf Loehrich, who had taken up residency in Vancouver, after time spent with Carl Jung. With the assistance of John Denny, a long time colleague of Loehrich, I began the journey that not only altered my direction in life, but in time became the focus of my direction in art.
Slowly at first, but in time, my art increasingly introduced elements of dream images – representing the connection between the unconscious and conscious states of our being. I applied a broad spectrum of images into my art: symbols, signs, surrealism, both traditional, folk and invented mythology, icons, the demi-monde, the erotic and exotic subjects – covering conventional and contrived signs and scenarios – using both figurative and abstract modes. The result is a cornucopia of images reflecting aspects of the human condition, the human dilemma and the human experience – all subject to the aesthetics inherent in any work of art.
The spinoff from my dream themes has been the significant parallel role that meanings and consequences play in my dream research. It is apparent that in the human condition everything has a meaning, everything has a consequence. That said, they now have become a source and integral part of the various dream themes I’ve developed over time – which currently number seven. The first began in mid 1980 – the rest have followed at regular intervals.
The themes are titled:
A DREAMWORLD LANDSCAPE
A DRESS HAS… many meanings
AND SO TO DREAM AGAIN
DREAMS SYMBOLS AND MY ART
DREAMS, MEANINGS, CONSEQUENCES AND MY ART NUMBERS AND LETTERS AND THEIR MEANINGS IN DREAMS
Several examples from some of the themes are included in the exhibition.
The subjects and images that dreams provoke are limitless – but while symbols can have general meanings, they can only be unravelled according to the individual dreamer’s life experiences. My challenge, for personal and artistic reasons, is to visually reveal, as is possible, meaningful interpretations that dreams present – to unravel symbols, meanings and consequences and express them in my art.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep.” William Shakespeare
… and so to dream again