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Black Pool Blue Pool: Lori Sokoluk
March 3 – May 12, 2023
Media: abstract landscape acrylic paintings and collage
First Friday, April 14*
*First Friday moved due to stat holiday on April 7
- Gallery open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
In north-central Alberta where I live, the prairie begins its transition to boreal forest. The land begins to roll and bunch and crease. Hundreds of sloughs and lakes dot the landscape. Stands of trees surround and emerge from these bodies of water. In sunlight, the water reflects intense blue skies. In the shadow of a cloud or hill, the same water can look almost black. The tangle of trees forms windows through which we see peeks of sky or open fields.
To the artist’s eye, this landscape offers ‘pools’ of blue and black that become major elements in these highly abstracted paintings. White birch and aspen trunks are showcased by the intense colours that surround them.
From a distance, we often see the landscape in terms of large shapes. Looking immediately around us, it is full of complexity. My technique mimics this through the use of texture, marks and colour shifts that create subtle complexity within larger abstract shapes. As a result, the experience of the painting is interesting from across the gallery as well as when viewed up close. The longer we look, the more we see.
Returning to my Alberta roots after many years in Boston, New York City and Vancouver, these paintings offer a more mature artistic response to the landscape that has inspired me since childhood. In their essence, these bright bold paintings and collages reflect the dynamic summer landscape of Alberta.
About the Gallery:
The Viewpoint Gallery showcases original works of art by individual artists and collectives, and curated exhibitions. The gallery is in the lobby of the City of Red Deer Culture Services facility. Visit our Viewpoint Gallery page for more information.
5205 48 Ave (in the old intermediate school building)
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
First Fridays: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
*Facility closed: Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10
The City of Red Deer, Community Development