The exhibition, "Twist," was curated by Mark Dicey and Jeff Viner. The curators set out to survey the local art community to test a premise they have held for some time: that there is a tendency towards mixed media/assemblage art works being produced in our community, using the "found object". Dicey and Viner believe that historically, the found object and the tradition and practice of its use within art-making processes has had a significant influence on art-making in the region.
The work of the two selected artists, Kathy Brock and Dave Ratcliff, are perfect examples of the type of work the curators set out to examine. In fact, it indicates a carrying on of the tradition as this is the first/major exhibition of either of the two artists' work.
The curators feel strongly that both of these young artists, Brock and Ratcliff, are making unique and important work within this community.
Kathy Brock graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1989. She uses materials such as rusted metal and ivory lace to create linear structural forms, speaking to her thoughts on feminist theory.
Dave Ratcliff completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary in 1989. He uses a multitute of materials such as old and new wood, tar, wax, leaves, and other debris to create solid imposing works which speak of the tradition of minimalism and figure/ground relationships.
Mark Dicey has been pursuing his diverse artistic practice for over twenty five years encompassing visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, installation), performance art, sound and music. The work itself is very much process driven and all the disciplines he works in feed into and off of each other into a multifaceted practice. Dicey lives and works in Calgary, AB. and is represented by Jarvis Hall Fine Art.
Jeff Viner’s maintains a diverse artistic practice, ranging from found object collages, assemblages and performance art to more traditional work, such as naturalistic painting.