The Arts Council presents
by New Westminster artist Robert Fee
February 3 to 28
1 to 8pm Wednesday, 1 to 5pm Thursday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Wednesday February 3, 6 – 8pm
In the gallery, Rob will be performing three Sunday Concerts on saxophone with the following jazz artists:
February 7: Jodi Proznick: 2-3pm
February 14: Bill Coon: 2-3pm
February 21: Mike Allen: 2-3pm
I usually start the work by photographing natural forms. By manipulating the images through collage and sketches, I translate the structures, reflecting a process that alternates between careful deliberation and improvisation.
I have been playing jazz and improvising with the saxophone for over 25 years. Painting has been an ongoing exploration through figurative, narrative and text-based work during that time. I’ve had a breakthrough in the last few years where there has been an overlap between art and music. That is not to say that the paintings are a representation of music, but that my conceptual involvement and compositional processes have followed a similar path between them. The basic idea is to use a structural framework within which to creatively express myself, applying a personal language or series of phrases that are both informed and intuitive.
I’m trying to discover new ways of working that allow the paintings to unfold in a natural way. Starting loose and quick, establishing the rhythm, incorporating incongruous elements, I then slow the pace to edit. It is my aim to leave an authentic record of my painting experience in each piece; how I accepted or rejected my marks, how I captured or created structure, how I interpreted and translated beauty.
I want the paintings to be painterly, to be resplendent. But my process also involves some purposeful sabotaging of effects. I’m looking for the expression to be intricate but also kind of lean; simple concepts, essentialized mark making, with effective figure/ground relationships.