Arts Commons Presents
7 Generations, Human Emotions, Eyewitness, Ánimas
Location: Window Galleries
[3D Virtual Tour]
By Tamara Eaker
This multi-media exhibit is the namesake of a teaching in my Ojibwe culture. When we make important decisions, we plan with “7 Generations” in mind. Seven Generations before us and the seven generations to come after us; How will our actions effect our ancestors and our future relations. 7 Generations will take you on a journey it time with each artist.
By Lovelia Vera
In this exhibition, my artwork expresses my feelings and ideas through the combination of colors, brushstrokes, and free flight of geometric figures in a creative space.
This creation is an expression of the human condition and it is my interpretation of reality and helps me understand our world, it encompasses all moments of happiness, joy, hardships, emotions, decisions, and perceptions. It is a holistic portal to a deeper understanding of humanity and the self.
Vibrant colors have been used to create different emotions:
Yellow: energizing, joy, optimism.
Red: love, precaution.
Blue: harmony, security, trust.
Green: stability and balance.
White: clarity, simplicity, emptiness.
Black: power, mystery.
The beauty and meaning of the artwork is perceived in the eye of the observer and can be interpreted by them based on their intuition, sensitivity and precision.
By Gavin John
Eyewitness is a collection of my work as a documentary photographer over the past 8 years. It explores the world, events, and people through my lens.
By Felipe Jasso
The show is a series of portraits, addressing dreams and fantasies. My inspiration comes from my admiration of surrealism and the idea that we create stories that allows us to know about ourselves. These portraits will be surrounded by uncanny mysterious backgrounds, sometimes showing the rigid Alberta landscape and other elements used as symbols, showing displacement and the urgent sense of belonging. These portraits will have a painterly look, which is another of my passions in art.
Tamara Eaker is an Indigenous visual artist, based out of Calgary, Alberta. She applies her training in Graphic Design and Art History to her work with acrylics, woods, beads, and fabrics. Her work exemplifies her to in two main passions: reclaiming her lost Ojibwe and Cree heritage, and advocating for improved mental wellness, battling barriers caused by Intergenerational trauma. Tamara began her journey in learning the intricacies of acrylics. She founded Oji-Cree Crafter, her entrepreneurial start-up, in which she turns beautiful photography into miniature, (3” x 3”) paintings. Tamara donates 5% of each sale made through Oji-Cree Crafter to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Lovelia Vera is and experienced and creative Canadian-Venezuelan Artist who specializes in original interpretations using various artistic mediums, oil, acrylic, pastel.
She graduated from Venezuelan Technological University Institute. Maturin /Venezuela in Administration, but her passion always inclined her to the arts. Her formal training includes: Visual Art at School of Art Eloy Palacios. Maturin /Venezuela, Architectural Drawing at the Academy Don Sancho. Caracas /Venezuela, Photography at the Central University Caracas/Venezuela, two years course at the Museum Tezzary Rizzo. Caracas/Venezuela and Stone Sculpture course at the University of Calgary.
Lovelia’s artworks have been proudly displayed in various art exhibitions around the world and in private collections in addition her artwork has been included in various publications. She is a member of a team selected to create a Permanent Public Art project -a sculpture- with the City of Calgary on International Avenue.
Gavin John is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Calgary, Canada. Gavin studied Journalism at SAIT and International Relations at the University of Calgary. He has been a freelance photographer since 2013. Gavin’s work focuses on documenting conflict, unrest, and social issues. His work has taken him to document events in Iraq, North Korea, the United States, the Philippines, and around Canada. Gavin is a proud member of Indigenous Photograph collective.
Felipe Jasso is a Mexican Canadian photographer graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts. His works are influenced by the magical realism found in Latin literature, surrealism and symbolism. He investigates the subconscious, memory and his inner desires. Using symbolism and complex tableaux, Jasso brings to the forefront fragments of his experiences as an immigrant, a queer artist, and his negotiations with the Canadian landscape. He expresses that he finds himself trapped in the images that he makes, between the colourful Mexican culture and the restrained and frigid Canadian scenes. His work shows his preoccupations with his experiences of displacement, isolation and his inner yearnings. However, for Jasso it is important to illustrate beauty and to show a positive outcome in his photographs, even when he touches on subjects that imply melancholy, nostalgia, or death. Jasso learned that in Mexican culture laughter is a reaction to tragedy, this can be seen in the Day of the Dead tradition. This juxtaposition is very unique from other cultures and Jasso expresses his enjoinment to his heritage, using the same logic in his work.
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