‘Harbinger’ ex­hibit fea­tures unique paint ap­pli­ca­tion

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Fol­low @JWSch­nar­rHer­ald on Twit­ter J.W. Sch­narr jwschnarr@leth­bridge­herald.com

Myth, se­cret his­to­ries and al­ter­na­tive the­o­ries sur­round­ing ac­cepted knowl­edge are three el­e­ments ex­plored in “Harbinger” by first-time and lo­cal artist Bryan Wiebe.

“Harbinger” is run­ning through Oct. 21 and is part of a three-ex­hibit se­ries on dis­play at Casa ex­plor­ing cul­tural nar­ra­tives — tra­di­tional and fan­tas­tic.

“(Wiebe) is a self-taught artist, and he is in­ter­ested in themes of al­ter­na­tive the­o­ries and se­cret his­to­ries,” said Casa cu­ra­tor Darcy Lo­gan. “Things that are at the fringes of our cul­tural dis­course.”

“Harbinger” fea­tures a num­ber of large paint­ings us­ing an un­usual tool for paint ap­pli­ca­tion — a tooth­pick.

Lo­gan said the gallery is usu­ally a space re­served for pro­fes­sional artists, who ei­ther have for­mal train­ing or have a track record of ex­hibits. Wiebe’s ex­hibit is an ex­cep­tion to that gen­eral rule.

Lo­gan first heard of Wiebe af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from him two years ago ask­ing for in­put on some art he had done.

“He said he paints with tooth­picks,” said Lo­gan. “I thought, ‘Oh, wow!’”

Lo­gan said af­ter see­ing the work, he was im­me­di­ately in­ter­ested.

“I thought, ‘This guy has got to get a show,’” he said. “All the in­tri­cate de­tail and fields of colour have all been built up by dip­ping a hum­ble tooth­pick in a tube of paint and build­ing these al­most mo­saiclike paint­ings you see.”

The use of the tooth­pick has cre­ated a unique tex­ture to them.

“If it was a brush, it would be blended out, and you’d see noth­ing,” Lo­gan said.

Wiebe stated he hopes to in­spire peo­ple to cre­ate their own art.

“I hope my work pro­vokes thought in oth­ers and hope­fully in­spires peo­ple to cre­ate some­thing of their own — what­ever that might be,” he said in a Casa news re­lease.

“These images, I hope peo­ple can ap­pre­ci­ate the at­ten­tion to de­tail and the idea that you find artists in all sorts of un­usual places,” Lo­gan said. “You don’t nec­es­sar­ily have them com­ing out of uni­ver­sity. They can be all kinds of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple shar­ing in­ter­est­ing ideas.”

Her­ald photo by J.W. Sch­narr

“Harbinger,” the first ex­hibit for Leth­bridge artist Bryan Wiebe, is on dis­play at Casa in the main gallery un­til Oct. 21. @JWSch­nar­rHer­ald

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