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Featured Artist: Bev Mazurick, ASA


Al Sirat, Islamic Afterlife

Bev Mazurick, Al Sirat, Islamic Afterlife

Biography

Bev Mazurick has been a full-time visual artist since 2006. Her work encompasses a diversity of media and styles. Recent exhibitions have been philosophically linked to early twentieth century expressionism and surrealism. Influences in her other work include concern for erosion of our cultural connection with natural
environments found in western Canada: prairie, montane and coastal rainforests. She is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Life experience, independent study and applied learning enabled her to develop proficiency as an artist. Mazurick has completed courses at the University of Lethbridge leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and plans to continue. She maintains a studio practice in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Tubular Bells (Bev Mazurick)

Bev Mazurick, Tubular Bells

Q&A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Bev: My contemporary abstract work has been philosophically linked to early twentieth century expressionism and surrealism. Although I was unaware of the parallel when I created work for my first solo exhibition, Virtual Music, it is interesting that my attempts at a visual codification or language for a musical composition appear to follow from some work by Wassily Kandinsky. For example, in his writings he describes the association of geometric shapes to particular chords or similarly, colour to specific notes. “As the Der Blaue Reiter Almanac essays and theorizing with composer Arnold Schoenberg indicate, Kandinsky also expressed [a] communion between artist and viewer as being simultaneously available to the various sense faculties as well as to the intellect (synesthesia).” [source: Wikipedia] Visual Portal, my second solo exhibition was developed as a series of visual narratives exploring language-based communication. Both exhibitions had their genesis in simple intellectual curiosity. How do we process visual imagery? Can you hear music if there is no sound? How effective is visual art, particularly abstraction, as a vehicle for meaningful communication of complex information?

ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Bev: My two solo exhibitions are paintings and conceptual pieces that investigate related ideas. It is rewarding to develop a cohesive body of abstract work following from reasoned argument. Virtual Music and Visual Portal are visual expressions that explore our comprehension of music and narrative. Both exhibitions have been well-received in public galleries.

Sat, Asat & Tapas (Bev Mazurick)

Bev Mazurick, Sat, Asat & Tapas

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Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
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