This is love: a retrospective
This is love.
a retrospective of andrea bird's art
MAY 4 - 19, 2019
ARTIST TALK: MAY 4 @ 3PM
PAUL MORIN GALLERY
19741 MAIN STREET ALTON, ON GALLERY HOURS: WED - SUN 10 - 5
Join us for a celebration of 35 years of art-making with over 50 paintings on exhibit, that provide a glimpse into the various themes and media that Andrea has worked with over the decades. This is a real labour of love, and we have deep gratitude for all those who loaned their pieces back. We look forward to seeing you during this time... please feel free to share with art lovers everywhere!
ANDREA + DAN PRESENT: MAY 4, 11, 19 (1 - 4PM)
Circling the Confluence: an exploration around the Elora Gorge
Andrea Bird and Daniel Beirnes’ Collaborative Show Circling the Confluence: an exploration around the Elora Gorge. Andrea and Daniel are partners in life as well as art – living rurally in Wellington County with their family. Andrea’s primary medium is encaustic while Daniel sculpts with natural elements, using branches and stone in this case. For this project, they have collaborated on both the wall pieces and the sculptures, treading into new territory together. Over the past decade, they have worked together on various projects and exhibits, with this being the most ambitious and collaborative yet. The idea for “Circling the Confluence” has been germinating for a few years. Research and collecting elements for the show began in January of 2011. The branches were taken from nearby tracts of land that were literally flattened by the 2005 tornado, and transformed into four sculptures that reflect the rivers and the convergence
In the fall of 2008, Daniel and Andrea had the opportunity to collaborate again at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, on Queen St. West, in Toronto. This time their focus was on the circle, in all its’ simplicity and beauty. For over a year, Daniel has been mapping/walking/installing a large circle that surrounds their home near Mount Forest. It is best indicated in their collaborative piece, “Full Winter Circle”, which also shows the overhead view of their home scratched into the wax. Items used in this piece were collected from the property, as were all the organic materials used. There are individual as well as collaborative works in this show, all concerned with and paying homage to the circle. Techniques were developed just for this show, taking the medium to a new level of experimentation and depth. Some of this work will be on display at the Alma
andrea bird & daniel beirne: InterPLAY installation and exhibit Propeller Centre for Visual Art, 984 Queen St. West, Toronto May 10-20, 2007 InterPLAY: reciprocal play, action, or influence...to exert influence on each other... that was the definition we found that described the collaboration we intended. Andrea, being an encaustic and collage artist; Daniel, an environmental sculptor... where was the meeting place between the two? Playing with themes, wax, natural elements collected on daily walks - the idea that emerged was one of wanting to share our sense of awe at the beauty of nature, from the rich texture of the forest floor to the sticks found on the shores of the Saugeen River. There were so many threads that, when carefully followed, led to the work seen here. Having lived and worked creatively together for more than 20 years with our two sons (a few hours outside of Toronto), we