Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Manifestation" by Yechel Gagnon FRESH PICKS V1E6

Vantage Art Projects is excited to announce "Manifestation" by Yechel Gagnon as the sixth edition in the first FRESH PICKS volume!

Yechel Gagnon is an honors graduate in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a MA in Fine Arts, Studio Art from Concordia. A multi-disciplinary artist, Gagnon explores both the pictoral and the sculptural, using plywood as her primary medium. Her museum installations take up entire gallery rooms and create an alternative environment where one is immersed in the palimpsest of her deconstructed/reconstructed materials that are both industrial and organic, manufactured and deliberately hand-made, all at the same time.

"Manifestation" is a digital work that was created during a residency at the National Research for the Contemporary Digital Art in Quebec, and developed as an edition especially for FRESH PICKS. About this edition, Gagnon states:

"The image is a digital work that I created during a residency at the National Research for the Contemporary Digital Art in Quebec. This work is significant because it incorporates all the different facets of my work, by creating a dialogue between my bas-reliefs, the drawings and prints but within the digital realm. This image consists of images of nature, integrated with my carved plywood textures and then I've digitally drawn over the images. This digital work becomes an extension to my practice and is the only one that exists of this series and has never been exhibited, except on my website."

For information on Yechel Gagnon, please visit www.yechelgagnon.com. The artist is represented by the Newzones Contemporary Art Gallery in Calgary and the Moore Gallery in Toronto.

"Manifestation" is a unique opportunity to collect an image from Yechel Gagnon that is an exclusive release from her archive.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

FRESH PICKS LIMITED EDITIONS - Exhibition Quality, Archival Digital Prints

Philip Taffe Kabinet Exhibition @ Art Basel Miami 2008
Archival Ink Jet edition released with I.C. Editions in Nov. 2007.

David Hockney Digital Archival Inkjet Prints @ Richard Grey Gallery
Art Basel Miami 2008

Digital printing technology has evolved dramatically over the past years, and both the quality and the options for fine art prints have evolved along with these advancements.

Blue-chip artists such as David Hockney (a pioneer in using digital painting and printing methods), and ABMB '08 Kabinet-featured artist Philip Taffe have recently released, highly-covetable, limited-editions using the same materials and methods as the Fresh Picks editions. At the recent Art Basel Miami 2008, a sell-out series of digital prints by David Hockney were flying off the walls at $9,500.00 per print.

In 2007, Taffe released an archival inkjet print portfolio in an edition of 35 with I.C. Editions. ($3,000.00 USD for a portfolio of three, or $1,200.00 USD per single print.). New York-based I.C. Editions was established by Susan Inglett in 1991 to publish the work of both young and mid-career artists. To date she has published prints and multiples with artists including: Claes Oldenburg, Catherine Opie, Richard Prince, Terry Winters and Andrea Zittel.

Our Fresh Picks editions utilize all the advantages of digital fine art inkjet technology to create beautiful, textural, colour-saturated, archival prints. Our edition volume of 200 at the 10" x 12" size allows us to offer these prints at an amazing price for established and aspiring collectors. Both the fine-art paper and the inks used by Vantage have tested archival properties akin to other print-making methods. Estimates have the archival life span of both the pigments and papers tested for between 75-100 years. Of course, UV protection of any art work on paper further extends the life span of any print or drawing.

Our Fresh Picks editions currently use a high-end Roland professional fine art printer, Sunset heavy-pound archival paper and archival pigment inks. We are further privileged to work with fine art printer and a company that has over 30-years experience in the fine art market, including both digital printing, silkscreen and lithograph printing. (Thank-you Paul, Terry and Alicia for all of your diligence and support!)

Quite simply, our Fresh Picks editions are the most beautiful prints we can make for you with our goal of creating affordable and accessible contemporary art prints.

As technology advances, so do the opportunities for artists to expand their library of tools and materials. What's up next for Fresh Picks? Research into Epson's new revolution in solvent-based printing. Once just for commercial, outdoor applications, this instant drying, solvent-based printing technology is now entering the realm of fine art archival properties . The papers look and feel like chemical photographic medium. As a result, solvent printing seems on the verge of becoming an amazing medium for totally indelible and brilliantly saturated photographic prints.

New technology often raises comments and questions...so let's get the dialogue going...and I'll post some testimonials from our artists about how amazing our Fresh Picks prints really are!

- Jennifer (the resident technology geek)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Miami Slice

Jen & I are scouting out Art Basel Miami and the adjacent and coinciding art fairs which have been dubbed the Cannes Film Festival of the art world. Miami is certainly hosting her fair share of celebrities this year including Grace Jones, Faye Dunaway, Beyoncé Knowles, and for all you art fans, Jay Joplin, Julian Schnabel, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, to name a few.

It’s a world where contemporary art meets design meets fashion. Despite gloom and doom in the daily national news, and while everyone acknowledges the crazy hey days (or should that be daze?) of art buying have past, there is still an encouragingly brisk trade happening on the trade fair floors.

Canadian artists are holding their own. While not all claim Canada as home any longer, spotted in International galleries were excellent examples of Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Graham Gilmore, Peter Doig, Jessica Stockholder, Steven Shearer, Jillian McDonald, Keer Tanchak, Mike Swaney and Kelly Mark.

We haven’t even made it yet to the Canadian galleries beyond Katherine Mulherin at Aqua and Trepanier Baer at Scope, but hey, we’ve only been on the circuit for 2 days and have the sore feet and swollen eyeballs to prove it.

Some of my favourite pieces so far have been sculptural. A yellow polar bear made entirely of yellow feathers by Paola Pivi (above), a contrasting trio of spotted fiberglass/resin dogs by Yayoi Kusama and a copper maquette of work slated for Canada’s National Gallery by Steven Shearer. Heartening for us at Vantage Art Projects with our Fresh Picks, was to see was the proliferation of quality digital ink jet prints selling well in an envious price range!

This is the land o beautiful people surrounded by a tropical sea where dinner customarily starts at 10pm and revelry for revelry sake ends at dawn. It’s refreshing to see that at Art Basel & friends, painting is definitely not dead, nor is art collecting!

"Sunday May 7, 2006" 2007 by Anna Plesset FRESH PICKS V1E5

"Sunday May 7, 2006" is the provocative fifth edition in the first FRESH PICKS volume. This contemporary trompe l'oeil oil painting is part of a series by the artist, Anna Plesset, that involves isolating and recontextualizing cut-out headlines from newspapers.

Anna says that her work "is a response to the anxiety of modern life. By working on multiple ongoing painting and drawing projects, I attempt to domesticate the surplus of objects and signifiers that we continually navigate on a daily basis: newspaper headlines, email subject lines, bus tickets, dates, found objects, time, etc. At first glance, my paintings and drawings appear to be deliberate, ordered, precise, and resolved; in a sense they seem to tame the very objects and signifiers they contain."

Her work has a strong focus on time and its many dimensions. In her various ongoing projects, some of the issues she has been addressing include: how narratives evolve, ways to account for the passage of time, how to address her own productivity and artistic output, and how our perception of objects, signifiers and artwork itself changes over time.

A key project in this exploration of time is a series of daily drawings that that she has been working on for over three years. Since March 2005, she has recorded the days she works in her studio by filling out standard timecards and making one drawing each day she goes to her studio.

Now Vancouver-based, Anna is originally from New York and received her BFA from Cornell University. In 1999, she was named Artist of Promise by the Cornell Council for the Arts and received the Faculty Medal in Art for greatest promise of future achievement. Since relocating to Vancouver in 2003, she has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago and Vancouver.

Now Vancouver-based, Anna is originally from New York and received her BFA from Cornell University. In 1999, she was named Artist of Promise by the Cornell Council for the Arts and received the Faculty Medal in Art for greatest promise of future achievement. Since relocating to Vancouver in 2003, she has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago and Vancouver. She has recently been included in the show “Hybrid” at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art and is preparing for a solo show with Vancouver’s Jeffrey Boone Gallery in 2009. For more information: www.annaplesset.com.