A Big Universe Art Exhibition Poster


A Big Universe Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition featuring An Nguyen & Kina Forney

  • October 22 - November 24, 2020
  • Meet the Artists November 7th, Noon - 3:30pm*
  • FREE event with FREE parking
  • Shenkman Arts Centre
  • 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans, Ontario, Canada

* RSVP Required for the Meet the Artists event. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing maintenance, we are only allowing 14 people in the gallery at a time. You must book a spot in order to visit. Click Here to RSVP.

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Thank you to everyone who came on October 25th. If you missed out, come and see us on November 7th and don't forget to sign the guestbook for a chance to win a giveaway happening on November 7th!

A Big Universe

Artist Statement

A Big Universe is an art exhibition by artists An Nguyen and Kina Forney, which aims to transport the viewer to worlds that are familiar, and some worlds beyond our reach.

As we enter the third decade of this century, we are challenged to use fewer resources and transform our ecological activity into something more sustainable. In her acrylic paintings An Nguyen uses her travel experience to bring to life some of the biggest cities in the world. Her style uses a continuum of geometric and organic shapes that whimsically dance together to highlight the universe’s movement. Decisive lines, bold colours, and shifting form, vibrantly characterize popular cities that were chosen for their unique challenges. As we tour the world through these paintings, it is An’s hope that these series of cityscapes illuminate the beauty and high cost of accelerated growth and the thrill of discovery

Moving beyond land, wondrous worlds that were just specks of light in a telescope have become expansive galaxies and nebulae we can name and study. The NASA Hubble SpaceTelescope has allowed us to see even farther to the very edge of the universe and its digital photographs have inspired Kina Forney’s latest series of paintings. Kina’s celestial paintings can be easily identified through the use of concentrated light sources, contrasting colours which bring life to representational images of large, expansive environments in nature such as space, clouds and skies. Kina emphasizes the need for human connection through mutual acknowledgement of human existence and the urgent need for a sustainable, and peaceful future. As we marvel at a limitless sky, it is her hope that these paintings document and put form to the feelings of wonder, yearning, beauty and movement that we experience in our shared existence.

Imagination is a significant ingredient to both bodies of work, as each artist is continuously influenced by science fiction, the idea of universalism and exploration. It’s their hope that this exhibition transports you through land and sky, through places familiar and foreign, and through universes that are beyond your imagination.

Individually these paintings have the power to take us outside our daily lives. Together they tell a story of human curiosity, ingenuity and persistence- qualities that have enabled us to expand our boundaries beyond our home and world. As you walk through this exhibit , think about those qualities ,and consider how lucky we are to be alive at such an extraordinary time.

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