There Are No Rules

/ Opening @ 8:00pm

Western Front Exhibitions is pleased to present There are No Rules, a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar. Using the 1972 textbook History of Art by H.W. Janson as a starting point, Zvonar has produced a series of collages and porcelain sculptures. The hand-cut collages, intimate in scale, take pages of Janson’s text of iconographic paintings and sculptures and combine them based on similarities in their compositions. The juxtaposition of familiar images from a variety of historical periods complicates their readings, and enables them to be seen anew, radically divorced from their context within the publication.

Also borrowing from images contained in the same text are porcelain sculptures made of slip cast replicas of an index finger. The clusters of fingers use as a guideline compositions found within the artworks reproduced in History of Art. Oscillating between figurative and abstraction, the sculptures resemble both, resulting in organic, baroque aesthetic objets d’art. Fingers feature predominantly in early painting, particularly those from the Baroque period when the narratives presented were simplified and the style dramatized as a means of appealing, on an emotive level, to the masses. Pointing, skyward for example (implying God), called attention to the invisible within the topography of the visible. The fingers in Zvonar’s sculptures are ornamentalized—glazed with accents of gold, silver and opalescence—and reference polychromy and the feminine lean towards the decorative.

Elizabeth Zvonar’s works have spanned a variety of mediums, from performances and interventions to installations, and most recently, sculpture, collages, and text-based works. Zvonar is a graduate of Emily Carr University. Her recent exhibitions include eXponential Future at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver; Parallel Dimension at Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, Fade Away and Radiate at the Cohan and Leslie Gallery, New York, Concrete Language at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, organized by the Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Mechelen, Belgium. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery in November 2009. In 2008, Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and was an artist in residence at The Banff Centre during the thematic residency, Cosmic Ray Research, led by Janice Kerbal.

The Western Front gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council through the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, Direct Access Gaming, our members and volunteers. The Western Front is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC).

Artist Biography: Elizabeth Zvonar’s works have spanned a variety of mediums, from performances and interventions to installations, and most recently, sculpture, digital collages, and text-based works. Zvonar (b. 1972) is a graduate of Emily Carr University. Her recent exhibitions include Parallel Dimension at Artspeak Gallery (Vancouver), Fade Away and Radiate at the Cohan and Leslie Gallery (New York), Concrete Language at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), and The Thing, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, organized by the Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst (Mechelen, Belgium). She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery in November 2009. In 2008 Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre during the Janice Kerbel led thematic residency, Cosmic Ray Research

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