Thursday, May 14, 2020

Spring Update 2020

We are so grateful for your messages of kindness and support over the last few months; we hope that you have been staying safe and finding your way to navigating these trying times. While our physical space has been temporarily closed as we do our best to protect each other, we have been eager to share with you some of the exciting shows that we have planned. Although this is not business as usual, we are currently available by appointment, phone and email. Our website is up-to-date with current works by all of our gallery artists and we are happy to answer any questions or inquiries. We hope it won't be too long before we find a safe and responsible path to seeing you all again.
- Dianna
HOW'S IT HANGING?

As this pandemic prevents us from the communal nature of experiencing art in the same physical space, we recognize that art is an uplifting and important part of our lives. We are looking for ways to turn the spaces we live in, into spaces that we love; spaces to calm, spaces to teach and currently spaces to work from.
 
We are available for remote consultations to assist you in finding ways to live with art. In the meantime, we'd like to invite you to view our art installation/inspiration blog. We've been compiling references of creative hanging solutions for years and it's all available for your viewing pleasure on our tumblr...
 
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
 
We look forward to sharing more details on our upcoming exhibitions as we confirm the schedule upon reopening.
To request exhibition previews as they become available, please email us at
info@diannawitte.com.
CASEY ROBERTS
This summer we are pleased to present Casey Roberts' fourth solo exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery. He will be exhibiting a series of cyanotype drawings accompanied by ceramics and bronze sculptures.

Roberts received his degree from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN. In September of 2019 he exhibited a solo show at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at Depauw University. He has work in numerous collections, including the Indiana State Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the US Department of State, Eli Lilly, Indiana University and more. Roberts lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. 
CHRISTINE FLYNN
In her latest series of photographs created exclusively for Dianna Witte Gallery, Christine Flynn explores the Canadian landscape through Ontario's shorelines and bodies of water.
Since her first solo show at Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York, Flynn's work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe. This will be her fourth solo exhibition with us. 
CAITLYN MURPHY
Five Dresses is an exhibition inspired by dropping off and picking up the same dresses at different dry cleaners throughout the city. Working in gouache on paper, this collection of new paintings catalogues the passing details encountered during these outings: hand-written slips, plastic garment covers, office supplies, assembly lines and clothes hangers. These paintings are aleatory by nature; they exist solely due to chance encounters while wandering the city. The five dresses remain the constant, allowing the viewer a glimpse of a narrative.

Caitlyn Murphy (b.1988) received her BA from McMaster University and a B.Des from OCAD University. She is the recipient of grants provided by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.  
FALL FORECAST
CURATED BY TATUM DOOLEY
"For my second show at Dianna Witte Gallery, I wanted to shift focus away from the exterior-lens of my first exhibition and deal with a more intimate subject matter: the body, movement, and sexuality. I have chosen three artists whose practices feel, to me, like performance first, photography second. I'm thinking about the scope of what a photograph can be and the possibilities of what we can capture in a frame."

Tatum Dooley is a writer and curator living in Toronto. She writes widely on trends in art, fashion and technology. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Bordercrossings, Editorial Magazine, Garage Magazine, the Globe & Mail, Lapham's Quarterly, Hazlitt, and the Walrus. In addition to writing, Tatum curated her first art exhibition at Dianna Witte Gallery in Summer 2019. 
CORRI-LYNN TETZ
Corri-Lynn Tetz first exhibited with us in Summer Forecast, a group show curated by Tatum Dooley in 2019. We are thrilled to be featuring Tetz again this fall with a solo exhibition at Dianna Witte Gallery.

Corri-Lynn received her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2003 and her MFA from Concordia University in 2015. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including the Project Fellowship from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Residency Fellowship from the Brucebo Foundation, the Fine Arts Travel Fellowship from Concordia University, and more. She is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Jeff Depner: Weights and Measures, March 6th - 29th, 2020

JEFF DEPNER
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
MARCH 6TH - 29TH



We are pleased to announce Weights and Measures, Jeff Depner's fourth solo exhibition with Dianna Witte Gallery.

In previous years, Jeff Depner’s abstract paintings strictly adhered to a grid. The geometrical shapes—often referred to as architectural—consistently repeated across the canvas, the shift in colour creating visual variety. The clusters of hard-edged shapes and colour created a mathematical rightness. “The colour harmonies are intuitive and used in conjunction with pattern, rhythm, and variation to invoke a sensory experience,” wrote Depner. 

While his paintings still invoke a sensory experience, in his most recent series, adherence to the grid has relaxed slightly. Depner’s palette has also narrowed, compiled of a combination of subtle greys, blues, and browns —adding more impact when a stronger colour is introduced (in other words, an exclamation mark!). The result is a more organic composition that echoes Depner’s maturity as an artist. “I like to vary the way I begin paintings to try and create situations, accidents or problems that I can then try and dig myself out of,” he explained recently.  

Depner’s work can be understood alongside written language. “As a whole, these units combine to create a sort of ‘abstract sign,’ operating separately from speech and writing patterns, with the intention of seizing the viewer on an unconscious or automatic level,” wrote Depner. The semiotics of language—the alphabet and road signs come to mind in relation to Depner’s abstractions—have been established by Depner, and now there’s enough fluency to play with the forms. For the viewer, this results in a shared experience with a coded language—the visual language of abstract art. 

Imagine this shift as the progression of your own handwriting: in grade school, letters were traced neatly on lined paper. As we get older, our handwriting takes on its own form, loose and unique, and yet the message remains the same. A red octagon still means stop, even if slightly skewed and out of focus. The latter allows for the possibility of play and projection, a viewer can move through the painting creating connections and conclusions that are unique to them, while remaining intrinsically connected to the work.  I want to create “something that creates noise within a pattern or rhythm. In addition to colour, I’ve become more and more interested in materiality and creating objects with presence,” Depner explained. Depner has given us the tools to learn how to read his canvases and, in turn, the language of art. 

In addition to Weights and Measures at Dianna Witte Gallery, Depner has upcoming shows at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York City and Galerie Anke Schmidt in Cologne. He was recently featured in Art-Die Kunstmagazine as well as the upcoming book “Interviews With Vancouver and BC Artists.”




















Friday, February 14, 2020

Compositions in Nature: February 7th - March 1st, 2020

COMPOSITIONS IN NATURE
GROUP EXHIBITION
FEBRUARY 7TH - MARCH 1ST, 2020

Featuring work by: Anne Griffiths, Casey Roberts, Jeffrey Harrison, Ric Santon, Anna Valdez, Fiona Freemark, Leah Rainey, Corri-Lynn Tetz, Gary Clement, Douglas Walker, Tess Michalik & more. 








Friday, January 24, 2020

Winter Salon: January 3rd - February 2nd, 2020

WINTER SALON
FEATURING GALLERY ARTISTS
DECEMBER 22ND - FEBRUARY 2ND, 2020

Anne Griffiths

Ric Santon

Jeff Depner

Tess Michalik

Anna Valdez