Grizzy Grizzly has just announced the beginning of its 2013 gallery program with a luminous, two- person show entitled ‘The Pre-existence of Landscape,’ opening January 4th. The exhibition features the evocative paintings of Richmond-based Erling Sjovold and New York artist, Emily Weiner. The first time pairing of these artists invites viewers to contemplate the ‘nature’ of painted landscape, not as a historical trope but as a site for contemporary discourse.
Erling Sjovold will be showing four characteristically vivid paintings – his work employs the knock-out bravura of a seasoned painter with the visual innovation of an artist still deeply entrenched in material investigation. In response to this exhibition he states, “The title also suggests the paradoxical idea of landscape preceding the culture that constructs it, like purity…”
Emily Weiner will be presenting three pairings of paintings that are in dialog with one another. Her conceptually driven techniques include using the subject as the object of a painting: for example, a mark made with a feather represents a feather. The landscape for her is a space for collecting tools as well as images. Like Sjovold, she reinvents the potential of ‘plein air’ with a digital awareness. In her discussion of the title, she writes “while it points to some ambiguous past… it also implies the possibilities for (landscape) painting in the present and future. As if there couldn't be a definitive beginning or end.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, a short film by Emily Weiner will be debuted during opening night. The footage was shot on Super 8 film during her recent summer residency at The Banff Centre in Canada, and features sound by NYC-based musician Michael Hix. The artists will be in attendance during the January 4th opening reception from 6–10PM.