Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Clutch" by Keer Tanchak - FRESH PICKS V1E10

At first glance, Fragonard seems an unusual inspiration for a contemporary artist, but Keer Tanchak derives the imagery for her paintings, which are exquisitely executed on thin sheets of aluminum, from 18th century Rococo sources; namely the French painters, Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher and Lancret.

Keer Tanchak notes, “Watteau used most of his figures as 'stock footage'~ a limited cast of characters appears continuously in his body of work, their slightly shifted poses and contexts made to seem endlessly unique. I continue to explore these pre-cinematic techniques and introduce a similar cast of characters into dramatically altered environments. Ultimately I have found a surrogate for my own life experiences. The 18th century fascination for decadence and romance, and the political implications of these obsessions, remains a relevant, ongoing cultural

The smooth surface, neutral grey color and industrial aspect of the aluminum are very appealing to me; and my process of applying oil paint to such a surface has been predetermined by these qualities. Reflection, absorption and luminosity are all elements I use to enhance specific imagery.”

For Fresh Picks, Keer Tanchak has given us exclusive use of a painting titled “Clutch”. The figures are from Fragonard, overlayed with a colour stripe from a coveted Miu Miu clutch design. The pun of ‘clutch’ refers not only to the design of a designer handbag which the artist was particularly drawn to, but also to the original Fragonard image where the male figure is clutching the female figure.

Born in North Vancouver, BC, Keer Tanchak completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia in Montreal, QC and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Keer Tanchak’s work is widely exhibited and collected throughout North America. Works can be viewed this month in an exhibition called “Pleasure Paintings” at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL and at the Dean Project in New York in RoCoCoPoP which “explores ideas of lavishness, excess, desire and frivolity that characterized the Rococo movement in the 18th Century by examining how contemporary culture has adopted these qualities by means of consumerism, mass reproduction and celebrity-mass media.”

The artist is featured in Jean Pierre Cuzin and Dimitri Salmon's 2007 book on the sources and posterity of Fragonard in 'Fragonard, regards croisés' published by Edition Mengès.

"Clutch" by Keer Tanchank is available only from the Vantage Art Projects as a Fresh Picks limited edition.

More information on Keer Tanchak is available at and original work may be found at Sandra Goldie Gallery,, Elissa Cristall Gallery, and Dean Project,

Fresh Picks is Vantage Art Projects' series of affordable limited edition fine art prints. The series allows art lovers to own work that is current and representative of the contemporary artscape. It is an unprecedented way for artists to share their work with collectors and art lovers across the world. Released twice a month, the artist and work is first announced to our mailing list and is sold exclusively through the Vantage Art Projects website.


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Liza Lee of "Artist Run" with suggestions for our Paul Butler-curated open call for submissions.

Liza Lee of "Artist Run" blog has some tips and suggestions for our current open call for submissions with artist/curator Paul Butler.

Check out her suggestions here:

Thanks Liza!

We look forward to seeing your masterpieces in our in-box very, very soon.

Submission deadline is March 21/09.


Monday, February 16, 2009

"Height of Land" by David Pirrie - FRESH PICKS V1E9

"Climb every mountain, ford every stream. Follow every rainbow, 'til you find your dream."

David Pirrie has us deep in wanderlust this month with "Height of Land", his topography and outward-bound inspired drawing done just for Vantage Art projects.

David describes the artwork as "a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to get in between the contours of our land. I’ve taken a section of the Waddington Range in BC and drawn it on mylar. Randomly selecting a contour line, I followed it with paint brush in hand. Having been in the area, I could actually visualize where my brush was taking me, leading me to some rather interesting ideas on mapping and the many metaphors one can associate with it."

A a result, this artwork encourages us layer by layer to strip away the contours, mapping out a wayward journey that ultimately leads to repose.

David Pirrie lives and works in Vancouver, BC and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 1991. Since 2001 he has exhibited in Turin Italy, New York, Seattle, Bologna Italy, Toronto, and in British Columbia at the Surrey Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery and State Gallery. His most recent solo exhibition was Codified Topographies at the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver.

One of the constant variables in David’s work over the years has been a close analysis and detailed study of his subject, be it mountain topography, the human body, or car crashes. David has also been an avid mountaineer for 20 years, and has climbed many of the mountains in his paintings. His new works continue an almost scientific inquiry of mountain topography in Western Canada. Like a form of cataloguing, the paintings and drawings are a type of meditation on nature, geography, technology, and mapping. Quoting from David, “codification plays to the core of seeking knowledge, ascribing meaning, value and ranking. These ideas also play to the core of my being an artist, however, where I depart from the science of objectivity is trying to relay the emotional and physical situations where our need for accurate definition is way beyond our grasp”.

To see more of David's work and to purchase additional art, go to:
David Pirrie Website
Douglas Udell Gallery
Headbones Gallery


Monday, February 9, 2009

VANTAGE ART PROJECTS - ION Magazine #54 Interview

Pick up ION Magazine #54 (with its swanky new re-design) and turn immediately to page 34 for the skinny on Vantage Art Projects and our FRESH PICKS limited editions. Angela Grossman, Sandra Lopuch/Ben Edmiston and Mark Delong's editions are the featured illustrations for the article.

Thank you Michael M, Samantha L and Vanessa L.

We Heart ION!


Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Let Them Eat Cake" Exhibition Opening Friday February 6, 2009

"Let Them Eat Cake" opened last night at Gallery Atsui in Vancouver, BC to a full house. The show features four female artists working in very different media: painting and installation, photography, traditional French tapestry and food styling medium. My curatorial idea was inspired by a pivotal scene set to Bow Wow's "I want candy" in Sophia Copola's movie, "Marie Antoinette", drawing on the idea of excess in a time of increasing economically difficult times; fun and frivolity; creative expression by women, and cake as metaphor for what drives people - food, sex, abundance, not neccessarily in that order.

In lieu of an artist statement San Francisco-based artist Leah Rosenberg baked two cakes decorated in pastel hued butter cream icing. Leah's painting graces the front window and her layered sculpture and cake-wedge paintings, sometimes mirrored against the gallery wall, pointed people through the main exhibition to the back room where one could partake of the edible cakes.

Ruth Jones' fine tapestry skills were on meticulous display with a suprising and highly contemporary tapestry of a woman holding a tiered layer cake. The effect of the piece was of the merging of the woman and the pastry into one - the woman melting into the cake and the cake melting into the woman. Tapestry was the most important figurative medium of the eighteenth century and this work provides the most direct thread of connection between this very eclectic mix of artists and my original inspiration for the exhibition.

Artist and food stylist Jo Strongman created a faux-tiered cake and an unbelievably realistic ice-cream sundae topped with glittery nail polish, purposely inedible.

Jennifer Mawby's low resolution photography showed painterly pixelation on velvety inkjet prints - the pixelation visually referencing both the stripes in Rosenberg's wedge sculpture/paintings and Jones' fine stitches.

There will be Saturday afternoon tea parties from 2pm to 4pm for the month of February for anyone who missed attending the opening.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night and today's tea party!

Sherri Kajiwara
Guest Curator
Let Them Eat Cake