May 17, 2012 § 1 Comment
Not ballet, not jazz, not anything choreographed.
It is movement and expression; occasionally, it is stillness.
Today, the Expressive Arts students learned to dance with new partners.
Their journey began, blindfolded, following their peers down an unseen path, with nothing but a branch of wood between them, connecting them. It was an exercise in trust: trusting each other, trusting their senses, trusting in their movements and the motions that connected them together.
The next step of their task was to find a new dancing partner: find a tree that they could connect with, understand the movements of, and share a dance with. Not a waltz, nor a foxtrot. But, create a journey with, understand what it was to be that tree…
For many of the students, it was a journey with great rewards; for others, it brought them to a new awareness of self, and of surroundings.
For more information on the Expressive Arts Program at HSTA, please go to our website www.hsta.ca
February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ecstasy. Religiosity. Passion.
Angie Quick can tell you all about bold: colour, shape, size. Both in painting and glassblowing, her art is anything but timid. Best of all, she has found a way to reconcile both mediums, allowing her glassblowing pieces to appear as characters in her paintings, and likewise infusing imagery from her paintings on the blown glass. Many of her works invoke the breathtaking scenery of her sojourn at the Haliburton School of the Arts, as well as the organic and spontaneous nature of the Earth.
Art is the endeavour to carnalize religion; it is the deification of man’s purpose. My art feasts on the will to live; the divine passion of being. The art is enshrined by the idea that the soul must devour itself to purify the meaning: art is the life. Painting is the extension of the ideal.
My works deal in an encyclopedia of symbolism: beautiful women, an excess of flora, fabric, and a good deal of coupling. I highlight moments of aspiration representing the ascendency of spirit. This is shown through the depiction of ritual, through religiosity without structure incarnated by pattern and rhythm. It is a marriage of logic and faith, wild passion within structured domains, and a straight line decomposing into reckless ecstasy.
I mainly work with oil paint on a large scale, as well as blown glass vessels that are later painted. My paintings and sculptures depict the curvature of form and awareness that the body is majestic; the flesh is contrasted with ornate fabric. With wild strokes I explore the depths of ecstasy. I create visions of life through imbibed eyes, spilling out a body of work consisting in large oil paintings, sculptures and painted vessels. My glass vessels echo my paintings through imagery and the use of luminous primary colours.
Angie can be seen as part of the upcoming group show called “Eclectic”, at The ARTS Project London, Ontario, from February 21-March 3 2012.
She can be reached via email at email@example.com or through her website angievquick.com