‘Lo­cal Dialects’ ex­hibit now open at Hard­ware Gallery in Kentville

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A new art ex­hibit ex­plor­ing in­dus­trial land­scapes and geo­met­ric shapes has hit the walls of Hard­ware Gallery in Kentville.

‘Lo­cal Dialects’ is an ex­hibit fea­tur­ing the work of two oil-paint­ing artists — Bryson Chisholm and John Bladek — that come from two dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

Chilsholm is a grad from the Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art and De­sign and has drawn in­spi­ra­tion from his re­search into derelict struc­tures and the de­struc­tion in Halifax fol­low­ing the Halifax Ex­plo­sion.

Bladek found his craft later in life af­ter earn­ing univer­sity de­grees in ge­ol­ogy and ge­og­ra­phy, and work­ing in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

The art of both artists has found com­mon ground in its in­ter­pre­ta­tion of th­ese bro­ken down, in­dus­trial land­scapes, ac­cord­ing to gallery di­rec­tor Sasha Nel­son.

“Both are de­pict­ing a kind of col­lo­quial lan­guage par­tic­u­lar to a spe­cific ‘de­mo­graphic’, though those de­mo­graph­ics are hugely am­bigu­ous... like Bryson’s un­kept, in­dus­trial de­bris-type ‘dwellings’ or John’s ge­o­met­ri­cally hu­man­ized de­pic­tions of nat­u­ral set­tings that are ge­o­graph­i­cally par­tic­u­lar,” he said in a re­lease.

“Shown to­gether this pro­vides a chal­leng­ing and in­ter­est­ing dy­namic for the viewer.”

The ex­hibit will run un­til Nov. 28. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nel­son at 902692-1294 or [email protected]­ware­gallery.ca.

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