General News · 6th August 2016
I thought I had walked into a gallery somewhere else, like, Toronto, Montreal, even New York. The look is clean and bright with Hannah Petkau’s Ambiguous Implements donning the wall like an infinite distant horizon line.
Each object is small, limited in colour range and occasionally sumptuous with gold or macrame trimmings. When talking with Hannah, she said the objects are found sometimes on beaches or on the banks of the river in Calgary. Thereafter, in the studio, she weaves, I believe, a spell of magic on each plain object.
In her Artist’s Statement she says “ambiguous implements is a collection of assemblages uncertain of their origin or intention. Manipulated by my hands and previous unknowns, the materials exist between a state of making and being made.”
Raised on the beaches of Cortes Island, Hannah Petkau is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Calgary, Alberta, where she completed her BFA with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015. Her Curriculum Vitae is impressive. Many of the young crowd were her contemporaries from the Linnaea School Program, where she probably learned independence, resourcefulness and her leanings towards the Arts.
If I may borrow a wisdom from William Blake and twist it little for this show, while maintaining its intent, “If the doors of perception were cleansed....we would not walk on gravel but walk upon jewels”. Hannah Petkau has opened our perception by transmuting found objects to the bejeweled level of “Art”.
This show continues Saturday and Sunday August 6th and 7th, 2 to 6 PM
Hannah will talk about her show Friday, Friday August 12th at 7 PM
The last two days of ambiguous implements will be Saturday and Sunday August 13, 14, 2-6 PM
Hannah and her Father, Brent, AKA The Oysterman
such a marvelous exhibition
Comment by norberto rodriguez on 6th August 2016
Great to see the Old School Gallery keeps opening its perspective, allowing exhibits like this one.
Congratulations to Hannah and thanks to Richard for his review.
By the way, here in Penticton there is an exhibition right now that, in mysterious ways, has some kind of kindred objects. It is called "The Museum of Unknown Civilizations", by my friend Kurt Hutterli. You can see a few pics here:
Keep the good work guys !