Best Friends Forever
The Cube, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC, Canada
Solo Exhibition, April 7 - June 23, 2018
Opening April 6 & April 14 BFF Exhibition
Artist Talk + Draw-A-Thon April 12 Public Programs
Canadian Art Must Sees
"The exhibition uses Imi Knoebel’s series of paintings titled 24 farben für Blinky (24 Colours for Blinky), as a departure point. Knoebel painted the series in 1977 as a tribute to his friend, artist Blinky Palermo, following Blinky's death earlier that year. This was a turning point in Knoebel’s practice because of his embrace of painting and his selection of colours based on his feelings for his friend and the works he left behind. Groome and Bartlett will determine the other’s palette from a distance based on the idea of each other from memory. Using the selected palette, one artist creates circles while the other creates wigs consisting of shredded paintings. They will finish and install the work at the Kamloops Art Gallery in the final week leading up to the exhibition, and will continue with an open studio and an artist talk in the week following the opening."
-Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Why Colour? Notes on Imi Knoebel, Henri Matisse and colour as quality for Circles and Wigs. Exhibition essay by Manfred Naescher
CHARM: Ray~Ray x CIRCLES & WIGS
Wear it on a bracelet, put it in your ear, clip it to your shoe, hang it from your hat.
Get one for you and your BFF too at Ray~Ray!
Approaching FELT Galleri like a studio, CIRCLES & WIGS will inhabit the gallery, making a continuous, performative, site-specific installation. Over the course of three days, the work will change, offering visitors a different viewing experience as time passes and the work develops. The emphasis of the exhibition will be on process and transformation as opposed to resolution. Referencing an archive of material explorations, Bartlett and Groome, will approach “Make / Shift” with movement and performative actions, encouraging spontaneity and improvisation, while utilising the entire gallery as a site for collaborative exploration as they engage in drawing, painting and collage. In addition, there will be a “Draw-a-thon”, an ongoing performance in which they exchange drawings with each other until completion.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
The municipality of Jönköping, Sweden
C Magazine Contemporary Art Auction
Division Gallery, Toronto
April 18, 2017