Fabulous new art venue in Maritime Canada
The Thorsten Gallery is pleased to open its doors to show off a spectacular new art venue in Windsor, Nova Scotia. The current exhibition, Stone’s Throw | Stones From Away features two award-winning Nova Scotia artists, Annie Abdalla and Ian Startup offering paintings and sculpture that show how place informs creativity.
In these paintings Annie Abdalla has explored the concept of horizon as a variable element in the idea of a place. She explains, “I have the sense that the human body craves a horizon upon which to determine our physical position – literally to know which way is up. But when we think about, for example, the memory of a favourite place, I’m not sure that I necessarily require that kind of stability. Maybe it’s the smell of a place, or the quality of light, that is more important than any sense of being upright on the ground. In both Québec, where I spend my winters, and in Nova Scotia there are seasons when the horizon is, at best, fleeting. Snow storms and fog banks etch deeply on my sense of place memory – both without defined horizons from time to time.”
Ian Startup has travelled widely in search of stones and tranquil work environments. In Italy he fell in love with marble and stone working tools. Stones in this exhibition were gathered in Italy, Greece, and Nunavut. The forms and lines seen in these sculptures are inspired by the endlessly changing interaction between the sea and the shore, the sky and the horizon, so even if the stones are “from away”, the aesthetic sensibility that brought the sculptures into being is from here, Nova Scotia. Ian Startup moved to Nova Scotia’s South Shore in 1972 and considers that beautiful area home.
What is most prominent in the show is the interaction between the paintings, the sculpture and the space itself. The result is a synergetic combination of elements to manifest in an exceptional viewing experience.
Thorsten Gallery at 69 Cedar Street, Windsor, NS.
Show continues to November 25, 2016 regular hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by appointment. 902 472 3510