“Fugitives and Heroes” at Hardware Gallery for September
Hardware Gallery is pleased to present “Fugitives and Heroes,” featuring the
work of artists Echo Nara and Michael Greer. The exhibit runs from August 30 to September 25. An opening reception, with the artists in attendance, will be held at the gallery, 36 Cornwallis Street, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Thursday, September 12. All are welcome.
Raised in Italy, Spain, and Belgium, Michael Greer was exposed to centuries of European artistic tradition from a young age. He studied fine arts at the University of Guelph, OCAD University, and the Academie des Beaux-Arts de Watermael-Boitsfort in Brussels, Belgium, before completing a bachelor of fine arts degree at NSCAD University. Following art school, Michael made films and videos for several years before returning to painting and drawing. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. “What happens when life throws you a curveball? A life-threatening illness? The end of a relationship? The loss of a loved one? How do we carry our responses to such events in our bodies?” Michael asks. His most recent work is a space in which to consider some of the
complexities and nuances of these questions with a series of figurative oil paintings and charcoal drawings. In other works, Michael uses classical and biblical myths as vehicles to address themes of shame and loneliness. “I’ve created work that I hope resonates at several levels, personal and mythological, for both me and the viewer,” Michael says.
Echo Nara is a self-taught artist who has spent the last five years exploring various media, including graphite, ink, markers, tattooing, and oil and acrylic painting. Oil painting has become her preferred medium. Nara was raised in Ontario by parents who have a strong interest in the arts and sciences. “Writing, learning French, and sketching faces were important to me as a young child, and I eventually went on to complete a bachelor of arts in creative writing and English literature at the University of Windsor,” says Nara. “Though I continue to write for myself, my focus shifted to art when one of my brothers, Max, an artist in Montréal , encouraged me to take up drawing again as an adult. The experience of sketching faces while listening to music recalled an intensely-satisfying memory of making art as a child. I quickly realized that art was the language that felt most natural for me. My art is influenced by mythology and post-colonial literature, which express the effects of power dynamics and patterns that have bolstered colonial values. As our world experiences the initial effects of climate change and independence of AI, I feel it is important for the dominant culture to examine its foundation. My work is an attempt to express my alienation from my culture, and to create an alternate place of peace, freedom, and belonging” says Nara.
“Fugitives and Heroes” is an exciting show to round out our summer season at the gallery,” says gallery director Sasha Nelson. “It is thought provoking and showcases the unique work of these accomplished artists.”
Hardware Gallery was established in response to a need in Kentville for a public creative space. In addition to monthly rotating exhibits, the Gallery hosts workshops and talks, as well as offering an Art Rental Program.
For more information visit hardwaregallery.ca