Jack Bush, Colleen Heslin, and Jesse Stilwell

Esker Foundation, Calgary / Canada

January 22, 2016

January 23–May 8, 2016

Opening: January 22, 6–10pm

Esker Foundation
444, 1011 9th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta

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Colleen Heslin, Dr. Sarah Stanners, and Jesse Stilwell will be in attendance at the opening reception.

Jack Bush: In Studio
Curated by Dr. Sarah Stanners under the auspices of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

In Studio includes 20 paintings from this remarkable Canadian Colour Field painter—five of which have never before been publicly exhibited in Canada. Conceived as an opportunity to gather these select works in a new space with the aim to spark study—in the form of looking and conversation—this exhibition presents paintings produced between 1960–73 from private and public collections from across Canada and the USA.

Jack Bush (1909–77)
Though raised in Montreal, Jack Bush was born in Toronto and would spend his adult life there. His art and his ambitions took his career to great heights across Canada, as well as London and, especially, New York. Included in Clement Greenberg’s seminal Post Painterly Abstraction exhibition (1964), as well as a solo show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1972), Jack Bush remains one of Canada’s most celebrated and distinguished artists.

Dr. Sarah Stanners, Director of Curatorial & Collections at McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, co-curated the Jack Bush retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (November 2014–February, 2015). Dr. Stanners is author of the forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.

Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins
Curated by Naomi Potter

Colleen Heslin’s paintings resonate with the tension of material and gestural complexity. Successfully fusing thought and action, the work dismantles material hierarchy by providing equal space to art and craft. Considering formal abstraction and craft-based methods of mark-making, Heslin’s work thoroughly explores colour, shape, and texture. Constructed out of hand-dyed and ink-stained fabric, the work acknowledges histories of photography and textiles, and finds connections with the Colour Field painters of the 1960s and 1970s.

Colleen Heslin is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. The winner of the 2013 RBC Painting Competition, her work has been exhibited and published in Canada, USA, and Europe. Heslin founded The Crying Room, a center for emerging contemporary art, in Vancouver, BC, in 1999.

The Project Space: January 11–April 3
Jesse Stilwell: Chromaphoria
Chromaphoria investigates the effects of coloured light on interior space and visual perception. The illusory quality of additive colour mixing is the core concept behind this work: dazzling light sources and light-reflecting objects constantly shift and change. The installation is ephemeral, seductive, and chameleon-like, never quite the same at any one time, or from any one perspective.

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