From The Editor's Desk: September 2017

My favorite time of the year… fall! Though I actually enjoy certain aspects of all four seasons there is something so special about the harvest time. Fall welcomes shorter days with more cozy time. It is also the time for reaping the benefits of the garden that was started in spring and nurtured during the summer. In Mariestad, like many places around the globe, we celebrate hösttiden with a big culture and harvest festival that takes place at the end of September. This year is the 5th year, but 2 years ago during Mariestad’s Culture and Harvest Festival, I accidentally stumbled across an artist’s studio visit that left me feeling inspired by this small town that I now call home.

mats westelius studio (side view): photo credit cecily ferguson

mats westelius studio (side view): photo credit cecily ferguson

Mats Westelius is what I consider one of Mariestad’s Masters, he has been creating art for over 35 years. Mats has a diverse portfolio that expresses his love for the sea, coastal/harbor towns and for his travels to Africa, Australia and throughout Europe. In addition, he has created multiple series of works that depict the fall harvest. Mats has exhibited professionally throughout Sweden since 1980 but this is his first online exhibition that promises international exposure.  He is also represented by the National Museum (Stockholm), Moderna Museet (Stockholm) and Sjarfartsmuseum (Gothenburg). Donna and I are so excited about presenting this season's online exhibition which features a trip to Spain that Mats took during the fall of 1992-1993. Appreciating  Coastal Towns in Spain is an exhibition of pencil and red clay drawings of the coastal towns Mats visited during this sojourn. In addition to the online exhibition, we are sharing snippets of Mats's studio you can see that here via Vimeo and if you are following us on Instagram I am sharing videos and live stories from the studio over the next couple of months.

mats westelius skörde art detail:  photo credit cecily ferguson

mats westelius skörde art detail:  photo credit cecily ferguson

We are incredibly grateful that this season promises to be exciting because we are announcing our first popup exhibition that will take place during Mariestad’s culture and harvest festival – save the date September 29th – 30th. My Mariestad is a konst collabs (all female) event with D+ C Contemporary x Kreativ Collabs x Anna the Råw that features a few of our favorite D+C artists along with a few artists from The States and locally from (or connected to) Mariestad.  We are hoping this is only the first of many more D+C popup exhibitions.

And with a new season comes a refreshed platform. We want to make sure we bring more awareness to issues that are important to women and the expat experience. Carolina Mayorga, for My Mariestad, created a series of pink works that focus on Mariestad, but these works are part of a much larger series titled Pink: The Art of Infatuation and Embellishment. These works and this series are important reminders that October is the time to think pink and bring awareness to breast cancer.

carolina mayorga pink boots with raspberry: photo credit cecily ferguson

carolina mayorga pink boots with raspberry: photo credit cecily ferguson

And as this exhibition will come to an end during the Thanksgiving holiday in The States we would like to wish all of you in The States (Thursday November 23rd), Sweden (actually referred to as tacksägelsedagen Söndag Oktober 8th) and Canada (Monday October 9th) a Happy Thanksgiving!

xox, Cecily

From The Editor's Desk: July 2017

Do you remember your first experience with public art? I remember mine like it was yesterday. I was about 8 years old and completely mesmerized by  Dr. Virgil D. Cantini’s sculpture titled the Joy of Life (1969) , that was in front of East Liberty’s Presbyterian Church when I was growing up.  Made entirely of steel it is a somewhat simple and clean construction, the base is a pedestal that is also a fountain – I remember during the hot, humid summer months it was always the most popular stop because of the cool mist that bounced off of the figures that are on top of the pedestal. The most striking part of the sculpture are 5-6 full body, lifelike structures that create a circle by linking arms together, this gesture represents the human connection and the idea of unity. I would often walk around the sculpture closely examining the geometric forms and the repeated characteristics of minimalism. This sculpture left an incredible impact on me as a young child and I looked forward to seeing it several times during weekly visits to East Liberty with Nana.

Last December, Donna and I featured an end of the year review in which we highlighted Biennale visits during the summer. It turned out, our most memorable experiences were when we engaged with public sculptures, exhibitions, street art and installations. At that time, we discussed our appreciation for public art. Public art removes the notion that art is elitist, or even a luxury item because anyone and everyone can enjoy and discuss public art. Donna and I are committed to contributing to and promoting public art (and street art) throughout the States, Europe, and our travels.   

This month we are highlighting some of our favorite public art works. And I am thrilled to announce that because of our commitment to public art, every July we will share our favorite public works from Spain, Sweden, the States and our travels.Easy Access: Public Art features photos of public art, public sculptures and street art from our home country, the countries we both call home now and recent travels. We both believe summer is the best time to explore and experience public art. We encourage you all to hang out in your cities and towns a little bit longer to really engage with public art and seek it out during your travels.  And please share your public art experiences with #easyaccesspublicart and we will show some #regram appreciation!  

If you are interested in public art, organizations such as: Public Art Fund, Public Art Agency Sweden, The Association for Public Art, Artscape Örebro Open ART (public art biennial), Street Art Barcelona, and Public Art Online are committed to public art projects and we recommend that you check them out and follow them via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 

Have a fabulous summer!

 

From The Editor's Desk: April 2017

One of my most memorable gallery experiences when I first moved to Mariestad, was with Galleri Baggen. I discovered the gallery on one of my early morning jogs and though it was closed the windows were inviting and almost encouraged art voyeurs to peek inside, so I did just that! There was one work in the window that caught my eye and several works that I could see that looked interesting As I continued to scope out the space I noticed a wall of colorful abstracts that were warm and inviting, I wondered if they were created by an artist with connections to the Caribbean – then I thought for a moment maybe Spain seemed more realistic since I now live in SwedenThese works seemed familiar because the purely abstract forms reminded me of Joan Mirò and Wassily Kandinsky but there was another element that kept me going back to view the paintings. During this time, I was researching various artists and art movements from Sweden and I saw a loose connection to the unacknowledged pioneer of abstract art Hilma af Klint. Hilma af Klint, like Mirò and Kandinsky, painted pure abstractions but she incorporated another aspect that explored spirituality. The more time I spent with these colorful abstracts, I started to see a connection with nature, so every chance I had, during that very cold spring, I would visit the gallery and absorb the warm energy from these abstract paintings 

 Finally, several months later I had the opportunity to meet this fictional expat Spanish artist now living in Sweden (at least this was the story I created in my head)! Art Crawl is one of the largest events in this small harbor town that takes place in the late fall during harvest celebrations. I walked around seeing several works and visiting so many art galleries and alternative gallery spaces hoping I would meet the artist whose work I had been admiring for several months. And finally, the last place on the map. I walked up a flight of stairs greeted by the most amazing colorful abstracts. And sitting on the sofa was a tall, lean woman with long black hair. I said hello in my beginner’s Swedish language explaining that I was not from Sweden but I had been living here for almost a year, studying the language and enjoying her group of works that were exhibited at Gallery Baggen.  It turns out that she was definitely not from the Caribbean or from Spain, she was from Sweden and spoke English! We spent almost an hour, chatting about her work and the fact that she lived in Spain for many months. She lived in Fuengirola during the late 1980s. And it was upon her return to Sweden that she started to incorporate stronger and richer colors and this is her style today. 

Fast forward two years later, Ylvla Dimetri is exhibiting online for the first time with D+C Contemporary!  We are incredibly excited to feature her in the exhibition Spain on My Mind. You can see the exhibition online from Friday April 7 – Saturday May 27, 2017 and after that @dccontemporary via Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

From The Editor's Desk: May 2016


The day had been a bit stressful. Then I saw it. One of Alesol's paintings hanging on the wall of a local small business. I was mesmerized. Gradually, I became calmer; the day's stress began slipping away. I smiled.

This was my first interaction with one of her paintings. Taking me from a state of agitation to one of relaxation in a matter of seconds. I asked the owner about the painting and found out the artist was a friend. After a few exchanged messages, I had an appointment to meet Alesol. 

Colorful Flight, 2010

The interview was unlike one I have ever had. Four languages were used, Portuguese, German, Spanish, and English. I am only fluent in one of these while Alesol is fluent in two. Unfortunately, we did not share fluency in a common language. Yet, the meeting proved to be completely enjoyable.

While some things were lost in translation, she was able to express and I to understand her keen desire and love of painting. She sees painting as a way of contributing something positive to society. To aid in this regard, she often includes shades of blue. For Alesol, blue represents the sky and sea and thus is a relaxing colour with calming effects.

When Cecily and I began d+c contemporary, we knew we wanted to curate an exhibition of Alesol's paintings. To my surprise, we are the first gallery to exhibit this talented artist. We are delighted to introduce Alesol and her beautiful paintings to a much wider audience.  

Enjoy!