News: exhibitions and residencies:
Up Coming Residency: November 2020 Art Shed
in Sointula, BC
Once We Were Whole
Langham Cultural Centre in Kaslo, BC
Exhibition opens February 28th, 2020 and run until April 03, 2020.
Curator: Seathra Bell
Opened November 15th at Tilted Brick
Artist Run Centre in Creston, BC
Curator statement by Lisa Benshop
Directors : Marnie Temple and Jim Wallis
Between represents a selection of Deborah Thompson’s recent work and is part of a larger body of paintings, sculptures and drawings. This exhibition at the Tilted Brick highlights new works on paper. Throughout the series, Thompson employs facial expressions and sometimes body gestures to explore a range of emotions around anxiety. The work evolves out of a highly personal dialogue following a line of existential questioning prompted by this era of outward instability and on going injustice. Thompson says that her work is not didactic in a political way rather hopes it is universal in its social breath of understanding. Provocative and sometimes unsettling, the daily activity of creating work requires the artist to assume an emotional kinship with the work. In particular, the artist feels that the works on paper with their use of black and white media such as ink, charcoal, graphite and cut paper drop the seductiveness of colour exposing a world of anxiety unplugged.
Last fall I launched exhibition of new work at the Kootenay Gallery of Art under the title, Pan-dulum: a Call to Unreason.
Curator: Maggie Shirley
A project that I have been working on for a few years which explores the psychological nature of anxiety and its manifestation as a pendulum of emotion/mind states between panic and desire. The work shown in the gallery included paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Pan-dulum: A Call to Unreason was on exhibit at Gallery 2, in Grand Forks, BC in February – April, 2019 .
Curator, Tim Van Wijk
The work was sponsored by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance through a major project grant. Check out more images of the work in the Pandulum section of this site.
Check out this review of Pan-dulum in Galleries West Magazine. Written by Susan Andrews Grace.
I had the joy of speaking with Sherly Mackay down at CBC this winter. Our conversation is on the March 23rd edition of her North by NorthWest radio show. We spoke about the process of creating Pan-dulum and where the work is headed.
Below are some images from the exhibition Pandulum and an “Artists in Conversation” with Curator: Tim Van Wijk at Gallery 2 in Grand Forks. For more images of this body of work see Pandulum under WORK http://: http://debthompson.ca/work/. The installation photographs were taken by Randi Fjeldseth. The gallery photographs were taken by Jeremy Addington.
I have also included some images from Between and studio shots of work in progress for the exhibition at the Langham Cultural Centre in February 2020.