a peace of work by Seth Woodyard

Friday, March 10, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
old pair of boots, plant drawing, stylized tree with multicoloured leaves

Opening: March 10, 7:30pm

In the past five years, three young Winnipeg artists have been making their presence known in the community and have developed impressive lists of exhibits and collections. We are pleased to show some of their current work at the Gallery.

Seth Woodyard

pays attention to the interplay of everyday materials to create his works. He says of his drawings and installations, “I like to make things into other things. Regardless of the material I use, I am always interested in how, through a transformative creative process, a normal everyday object, material, or experience is rendered special and valuable - even sacred. I think one of the most important jobs for an artist is to use the tools at hand to elevate the everyday. I am interested in exploring the significance of historical, mythological, and domestic stories and rituals. My interest in myth and religion is an appreciation for the mysterious nature in which stories of various mythologies run parallel to one another, intersecting and repeating one another. It is this promiscuous nature of myth to which I want to draw attention and give form. I like to think that I make icons to a playful transcendence, something that is tangible and incorporeal, sacred and profane, real and imaginary. I’m drawn to the mystery in the world and want to highlight that mystery.”

A piece of work is a series of pencil drawings of piles of wood blocks. The blocks are cutoff scrap material from other projects. My process is simple. I arrange the blocks into a variety of rudimentary forms that are simultaneously abstract and representational, architectural and figurative, monumental and diminutive. I sometimes add other objects to the assemblage: round stones, ladders, and plant specimens gathered from various locations. Then I make pencil drawings of the objects. Through the creative process the objects are transformed. What was once expendable is now precious and extraordinary.

As I assembled these objects, made drawings, reassembled them, and made more drawings, what stood out to me was the repetition of shapes and patterns common to the wood grain, to the plant specimens, and even to the human body. Knots in wood start to look like orifices or blemishes in skin. A branching stem resembles the framework of a building. These shared patterns and forms contain a mysterious beauty; perhaps it’s even sacred.

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