As all good fishermen know, to catch the biggest fish one needs to use the right lure: something bright, flashy or tasty to dazzle the quarry and entice it to strike. The three artists featured in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Lure– Carmen Gonzalez, Kathy Hildebrandt and Lori Lukasewich – are like good fishermen. Operating within the art style of Contemporary Realism, an important objective of these artists is to create representational art portraying the ‘real’ and not the ‘ideal’ and utilizing line, shape, colour and pattern, combined with a heightened sense of reality, to entice viewers into actually looking at their works.
While recording what is seen is important to these artists, however, their works are more than accurate documentation. Engaging all the senses, each artist imbues their works with emotional, social and cultural elements as an extension of the visual illusion to transport them beyond, or deeper, than what is rendered on the surface. Whether asking the viewer to recognize and appreciate beauty itself, or stirring memories and associations related to the subject matter depicted, these artists endeavour to create experiences that are positive, meaningful and uplifting.
The exhibition Lure was curated by Shane Golby, Art Gallery of Alberta, TREX Region 2
Cover Image: Kathy Hildebrandt, Fish out of Water, 2015, Pastel on paper, Collection of the artist