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Verna
Vogel

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In North American culture, cities are mostly built by men and sewing is mostly done by women. In her studio, Verna Vogel builds cities with a sewing machine. A city is a place of concentrated human energy, full of human-made things. Even the green spaces in an urban environment are made by people, or at least they are managed, cultivated, and made accessible for almost everyone in a way that the countryside is not. The most deliberately designed urban green spaces may feature highly manicured, symmetrical rows of trees and evenly spaced flower beds. Urban grey spaces, though equally deliberately designed, do not adhere to the perfection of their architectural elevation drawings: you can find meandering footprints on straight sidewalks, random patterns of discarded chewing gum on neat squares of concrete, and other signs of resistance to the order of human design. This type of environment, where almost everything is human-made but not entirely under human control, is quite fascinating. Why do we build cities? Why do we build them the way we do? Through her development of construction and painting processes, Verna has created a unique visual language with which to explore permutations of the urban ecosystem.

EDUCATION

1995 - 1997 Capilano University, N. Vancouver, BC Studio Arts Foundation Program
1998 Institute Seni Lukis, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3rd year fine art studies in oil painting and Chinese ink painting
1996 - 2002 Basic Inquiry Studio, Vancouver Institute of Art, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Self-directed study of drawing and painting the human figure

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 AGA Travelling Exhibition – “Eye And The City” Federation of Canadian Artists – “Painting on the Edge”
Front Gallery, Edmonton – dual show “The Persistence Of Memory”
2013 Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary – solo show “Tintinnabulation”
2012 Federation of Canadian Artists – AIRS collective juried exhibition Front Gallery, Edmonton – solo show “Urban Seams”
2011 Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver – solo show “Ecosystems”
Front Gallery, Edmonton – solo show “Between The Lines”
UAS Satellite Gallery – curated show of multi-artist project “S M E T S Y S O C E”
2010 Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary – solo show “Shift And Settle”
2009 Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts – “Art-O-Rama” Artists' Circle exhibition Okotoks Art Gallery, AB – “Art of Gardening” collective juried exhibition
2008 Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary – solo show “1000 Furnished Rooms”
Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary – “Studio Arts Sale”
2007 30dayartist.com – featured artist in June 2007
Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver – group exhibition
Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary – “Studio Arts Sale”
2006 30dayartist.com – featured artist in June 2006
Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary – “Studio Arts Sale”
2005 Steeps Urban Teahouse, Calgary – solo show “Enjoying the View”
Untitled Arts Society, Calgary – solo show “Life Works”
Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary – “Studio Arts Sale”

 
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