Open Horizons – August 1 to 20, 2017
Open Horizons, an Exhibition
Location: Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Greece
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. –
The aim of Open Horizons is to introduce the Greek public to the works of three established Canadian artists—Ron Moppett, Allyson Glenn, and Colleen Heslin. The exhibition is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation (1867–2017) and of the Canadian Embassy’s presence in Greece for the last 75 years.
Ron Moppett has an uncanny ability to assemble bold colours and a variety of materials and objects (some of high and pop culture, some he has collected over the years) into paintings and installations that both invite and challenge viewers. His thematic cues are culled from his personal history and travels, art history, and current events. Over the years, Ron has demonstrated his penchant for exploring differences through his use of space—differences between interior and exterior, shelter and refuge; differences that are at the forefront of Greek culture.
Colleen Heslin has turned painting traditions on their heads. Her abstract works appear as if painted but are made of canvas used as a backdrop that she has dyed, rinsed, stained, sewed, and stretched to mesmerizing results. These new pieces play tricks on our ways of seeing and thinking about painting’s history. Within the borders of her canvases, she combines spaces, colours, and forms to release an infinite number of narratives on labour and aesthetics.