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Confederation Centre Art Gallery bursting with colour

March 13, 2013

New exhibition of playful abstract works showing until April 7

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - In the 1960s the art world became as riotous and experimental as the rest of the culture, as artists explored ways of breaking beyond the boundaries of the traditional mediums of painting and sculpture. Built from Colour, curated by Kevin Rice and Pan Wendt, exhibits works from the Art Gallery's large permanent collection that expand the usual notion of the picture into shaped canvases, 3-dimensional constructed paintings, and wild and saturated colours. "This exhibition will give a strong sense of how playful and imaginative abstract painters can be," says Rice, gallery director, "and will light up the walls with tons of colour at a time of year when some colour is always appreciated."

Built from Colour presents works that expand the fundamental elements of painting - colour, line and surface - beyond the conventional rectangular canvas. The late 1960s offered unprecedented possibilities for artists as new mediums and approaches appeared in great numbers--video, performance art, minimalism, conceptual art, land art, and more. In this dynamic environment the traditional medium of painting perhaps appeared to be a dead end to some observers, a sense exacerbated by the context of an often limiting discourse surrounding the art form in North America. Painting continued to flourish, however and by maintaining a focus on the visual allure of colour and surface, artists began stretching, constructing, warping, and rethinking its boundaries.

Featuring abstract works from Canadian artists Ron Martin, Claude Roussel, Ronald Kostyniuk, and Zbigniew Blazeje, among others, Built from Colour also presents the light sculptures of Robert Youds, which are indebted to abstract painting in their design.

Built from Colour is on display until April 7, 2013. The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ronald Kostyniuk, Relief Structure (Broken Background Series), 1969, enamel on mixed media, collection of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, gift of the artist, Calgary, 2007.