Thursday - Sunday, 12pm-6pm

Open 12pm-9pm every third Thursday of the month in conjunction with
Tequila Mockingbird Gallery & Trench Gallery.

293 Columbia St. (map)
Gastown, Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6A 2R5
Tel: (604) 682 - 1114

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Sunday, May 6 at 2-4pm
May 6 - July 15, 2012
Seeking refuge, European artists in the 1940s immigrated to North America to flee from war and the rise of tyrannical governments. Gathering in New York, the combination of old and new world ideas birthed many avant garde art movements.
"We are creating images
whose reality is self-evident and which are devoid of the props and crutches that evoke associations with outmoded images, both sublime and beautiful. The image we produce is the self-evident one of revelation, real and concrete, that can be understood by anyone who will look at it without the nostalgic glasses of history."
- Barnett Newman, colour field painter, published 1943
America's rise to super power status after the end of World War II allowed it to broadcast its revolutionary ideas. Its artists were recognized as the center of modern art for a modern world.

The fight against fascism and communism heralded in the abstract expressionist era, which celebrated individuality, freedom and personal experience. The very act of applying paint was pushed to its limits, from new physical application techniques to innovative minimalist colour expressions.

Suddenly, the use of art to depict something became irrelevant and the formal and physical qualities of the art - colours, materiality, scale - became the subject. Paintings stopped representing portraits, landscapes, or objects and explored its own qualities.

There Is No Message visits the themes of abstract expressionism, from minimalist colour fields to fast-motion splatters of paint. Modern perspectives such as colour choices and renewed ideas of composition are applied by Vancouver artists who maintain the pure absence of depiction.

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