Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Today it is a fact that the art market has placed itself almost to a man under the flag of a dominant
ideology…. American Minimal Art, and its paler European imitations, only accord favour to painting
which is only painting, that is to say that which forbids any modulation, vibration, emotion, form, any
manifestation of the sensitive and even more of the unconscious and of myth. This admirable
conjugation of puritan iconoclasm, of neo-positivist empiricism and of Wall Street is sometimes - like
the olive in a dry martini- accompanied by a pinch of Maoist ideology.
José Pierre, Author, historian and assistant to André, Breton, from his book, Surrealism, published in 1979.
Friday, November 13, 2009
"...mathematics, trigonometry, chemistry, psychoanalysis, music and whatnot, have been related to Cubism to give it an easier interpretation.
All this has been pure literature, not to say nonsense,
which brought bad results, blinding people with theories."
-Pablo Picasso, quoted by famed art historian, Sir Herbert Read
above: Gregg Simpson: The Rebirth of Cubism, oil on canvas 4.5' x 5.' 1995
Sunday, November 1, 2009
At the Eastwood Onley Gallery, Vancouver
Reviewed by Gregg Simpson
Born in Czechoslovakia, Koerner came to Canada before the War and became one of the pioneering group of artists who kick-started modern painting in Vancouver in the late 1930’s and 1940’s and for the next two decades. His colleagues at the newly formed Vancouver School of Art were Jack Shadbolt, B.C. Binning, and Don Jarvis among others.
John Koerner and Architecture
Mural at home of D.C. Simpson, West Vancouver, 1955
John Koerner's Use of Geometry
Exhibition of Paintings
Cosmic 7, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40" 2009
John Koerner's Mystical Themes
This exhibition demonstrates that painting still has an enduring presence and validity in the art of today, and why wouldn’t it? The practice goes back at least 40,000 years to the Neolithic Period. Scientists have studied many of the forms used in early cave paintings and related them directly to the patterns produced in the human brain. Undoubtedly, those early shaman-artists would relate strongly to Koerner’s paintings.
Paint on canvas is still infinitely capable of transporting us to new dimensions of perception, so don’t tell John Koerner to stop painting. He’s still getting too much pleasure from doing it, so that we can have the pleasure of seeing the results.
Gregg Simpson: http://www.greggsimpson.com/John_Koerner_Review.html
October 26, 2009
To see more of John Koerner's work, visit his website: www.johnkoerner.com