ROUGH AND GO Curated by Tallon Ellison

  • <p>Jack Shadbolt is a Canadian artist known for his paintings, screen prints and murals. He was born in England in 1909 and move to Victoria BC with his family in1921 before settling in Vancouver in the Post-War period. A lot of Jack Shadbolt's work focuses on the Second World Warand environmental issues. On October 28, 1942 Shadbolt enlisted in the army as a signalman. In 1944 he spent 3 weeks at a war camp in Petawawa, Ontario sketching and painting the German prisoners and images of the camp itself. There is a clear connection to Jack Shadbolt's<em>Sea Torso</em>1981 sculpture as well as themes of environmentalism. The sculpture itself looks like a human torso, twisted in an uncomfortable position. Shadbolt used his paint to respond to the drift woods natural shapes and used colour to enhance the movement of the wood, making the sculpture to appear like its moving and twisting on its own.</p>
  • <p>Leonard Epp (1932-2018) was a Canadian artist best known for his ceramics and sculptures. He was born in Germany in 1932 but emigrated to Canada after earning a journeyman's certification in stone sculpture. He worked as a lumberjack in Rimouski, Quebec, before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia to attend school at the Vancouver School of Art. He taught sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art from 1962-1972 and thenat Okanagan College from 1974 to 1976. Epp then got his studio in Falkland B.C. He had several solo shows in galleries like Vernon Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery, The House of Ceramics, and the Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver. Epp also well known for his public art works such as those made for the Federal Manpower Building in Victoria, B.C. and the Fisherman's Credit Union Building in Vancouver B.C. A lot of Leonard Epps work is focused on the trades. Leonard Epp’s piece for the Fisherman's Credit Union building was a large concrete panel of images portraying the commercial fishing history of Steveston Village. Leonard Epps 'untitled' (large figure with fish) is a ceramic sculpture with earthware glaze, featuring a large figure a fish in its mouth, perhaps a reference to the environmental issues of overfishing. Leonhard Epp’s piece Untitled (Small Vessel), is a small natural looking piece of ceramic that looks like something you would find out exploring in the low tides of a beach. It looks naturally worn on the ends and the colours are natural and neutral. Its title ’untitled small vessel’ points to this piece of ceramic being a vessel for something. It's unclear as to what this vessel would hold as the shape is unusual and small. </p>


Curated by Tallon Ellison

‘Rough and Go’ was curated with an eye to the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic as it effected a small group of art students in Vancouver. The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought a sense of isolation into everyone's lives and this show has a central theme of isolation that can be seen somewhere in everyone's chosen pieces. This exhibition portrays how we are experiencing isolation differently with a variety of outlets and different art forms. This social isolation is what is connecting us to our current reality. This exhibition on the whole was about coming together and creating something in this time of fear, sickness and isolation. Each of us has had different experiences within this year of lockdown and this exhibition is a real privilege to be a part of. We were able to have a class where we could come together and have an in-person learning experience. We were also able to visit various private galleries, get to know the owners, and listen to their experiences in the art world. It was very beneficial. This show was put together fast and it is a little rough but that’s honestly a good thing. To me it is very representational and symbolic of this year of lockdown and how fast everything happened. Everyone's lives were shifted; plans were changed and/or put on pause. All the pieces I've chosen for my section centred around natural materials and things I am drawn to visually. Because of the pandemic, I have not been able to spend as much time in nature as usual. The connection I have had to nature my entire life has been mostly put on pause due to the restrictions in place. Nature is a huge part of many people’s lives especially for people who live in and around Vancouver. This show was a successful ‘Rough and Go’ for all of us.