MF Warner and Tony Durke, two great, emerging artists working here in Vancouver, have come together to have a joint, short run show at the Beaumont Studios from April 26th to April 29th. They will be hosting an opening night party on Thursday the 26th from 7pm – 12am at Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Avenue, that we are definitely not going to miss!
MF Warner – or Mitchell, as his mother may call him – is a photographer, filmmaker and craft beer maker who has been developing his work with stills for some time now. Taking inspiration from the quotidian around urban and roadscapes, he transfers these into still, contemplative glimpses of sights we may often overlook. Increasingly focusing on large size reproductions mounted using alternative methods, Mitchell is pushing how these images are experienced by his public and exploring how he himself can push this visual language. We are thrilled to be able to make it out for what will be Mitchell’s first exhibition of his work, having seen a stunning development of the visual texture to his work to date.
Tony Durke works with an entirely different medium, creating his pieces from recycled wood, which is often scavenged from tabletops, plywood, discarded set walls, raw lumber and milled wood. Tony carves out and sands the wood, applying oil paint or stain to create stunning pieces that are abstracted landscapes. Tying his work always back to the environment from which it came, each piece is unique while following a set of personal guidelines and artistic protocol. Speaking of his work, Tony has said that he finds that “texture gives life to form. When form is simplified, it allows us to use our imagination to fill in the biology and architecture. It may be emotional or physical. Real or imagined.”
Tony has studied visual arts, film and music, and has been developing this contemporary take on woodcuts for some time. He has had a few shows to date and his work is currently hanging at the Warren Knapp Gallery in Seattle.
Both lads hail from small towns in B.C., which although we may be biased toward this sort of pedigree, undoubtedly must give them both a comfortability in working in the silences around us in rural or urban landscapes alike in order to offer us up these vivid glimpses of life. This will be a great opportunity to see their works shown together and to see how they will likely play off each other, similarly giving a striking, textured look at their versions of landscapes which we all too often run past.
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