Port Saint John Gallery | Jan. 15 – March 5, 2021
Bonny completed a Bachelor of Art in Art Education at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1984 and has recently retired from a 31 year career teaching art in public schools. In 2011, she was recognized by the Canadian Society for Education Through the Arts with the Canadian Art Educator of the Year award . Her teaching was also recognized nationally in 2013 with a first place finish in DC21YCC Youth Creativity Challenge sponsored by Heritage Canada and provincially with the NBTA Credit Union Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Bonny Hill sits on the board of directors at AX: the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex where she chairs the exhibitions committee and actively volunteers. She also is a member of the NB Department of Education Curriculum Advisory Committee for Visual Arts.
Bonny began exhibiting her work in 2006 and has since been awarded seven solo and several group shows in public galleries. Bonny has been successful in receiving three ArtsNB Creation Grants and is debuting her new body of work, Meta and My Little Sister Could Paint That, an exploration of Realism in the context of representational painting, photography, and non-objective arrangements of paint.
I am very interested in exploring the self-referential aspect of using the material to depict the thing being depicted. In using paint to paint a painting of paint with a photographic reference, a paradoxical concept presents itself. Consider a blob of blue paint on a surface sitting on a surface not intended to be ‘art’. It is real. If it is meant to be hung as an abstract work, it is Abstract Expressionism. If it is intended to depict a sky, it is a representational painting. If the blob of paint is photographed and the photographic image is reproduced using the material being depicted, there is very little about it that is ‘real’; yet, my intention is for the works to be received as looking very ‘real’ or ‘realistic’. I am very interested in the circular nature of the act of making paintings of paint.
I suspect that increasingly, our acceptance of images as being realistic comes from comparing our stored information that is gathered, not by looking at the real world, but by taking in, on some level, the countless two-dimensional images that we consume daily. Increasingly, technology is influencing our acceptance of reality. There is a wonderful irony in thinking about the viewer noticing the paint I have used to perfectly capture the appearance of the image of the paint that I have photographed. I enjoy post-modern work that explores the juxtaposition of new technology with conventional materials and approaches. I will invite my viewers to enjoy looking both at the surface (at the paint) and through the surface to the depiction of the photograph of paint.
Some of the works entitled My Little Sister Could Do That are non-objective arrangements of paint that challenge the misconception that successful abstract works that do not attempt photographic likeness require less technical ability on the part of the artist.
I included an installation entitled, I Don’t Know Anything About Art. I Just Want Something Nice to Hang Over My Sofa to Match My Living Room as a transition piece from a previous series to segue to the installation entitled, I Don’t Know Anything About Art. I Just Want Something Nice to Hang on My Wall for Video Conferencing. My aim is in drawing attention to the increasing interest in private art acquisition due to the explosion of ZOOM and other video conferencing platforms in the age of Covid 19.
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This exhibition is supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board