JIM KALNIN - Intrinsic Habitats

 

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This catalog was created for the exhibition titled “JIM KALNIN - Intrinsic Habitats” at Headbones Drawers Gallery, Vernon, BC Canada, October 4 - November 3, 2012

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jim kalnin intrinsic habitats

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the drawers headbones gallery contemporary drawing sculpture and works on paper jim kalnin intrinsic habitats october 4 november 3 2012 headbones gallery

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artist catalog jim kalnin intrinsic habitats copyright © 2012 headbones gallery this catalog was created for the exhibition titled jim kalnin intrinsic habitats at headbones drawers gallery vernon bc canada october 4 november 3 2012 artwork copyright © jim kalnin 2006 2012 jim kalnin intrinsic habitats commentary by julie oakes copyright © 2012 julie oakes rich fog micro publishing printed in vernon 2012 layout and design richard fogarty printed on the ricoh spc 811dn all rights reserved no part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying and recording or by any information storage or retrieval system except as may be expressly permitted by the 1976 copyright act or in writing from headbones gallery requests for permission to use these images should be addressed in writing to jim kalnin c/o headbones gallery www.headbonesgallery.com isbn 978-1-926605-57-9 rich fog micro publishing toronto canada

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jim kalnin intrinsic habitats commentary by julie oakes

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jim kalnin intrinsic habitats some people here in the okanagan know the artist jim kalnin as feather from the time when he lived in stock s meadow the communal settlement behind those hills between fintry and bear creek long before okanagan resort became an architectonic resort and destination on westside road this was when westside was still gravel and in parts like nahun it was a oneway one-cart track where you had to toot to warn on-comers that you were in the advance mode jim kalnin never shed his connection to the intrinsic properties of this altruistic idealistic habitat he changed his place as he became a teacher at okanagan college and moved on with its growth to become a professor at ubco but his orientation to the sacredness of place remained intact he retired from ubco in 2010 and in his wake left a successive generation of young visual artists who also felt it necessary to address the influence of modernity on the natural environment yet kalnin is not nor has been jim kalnin outside his studio in lake country bc 2012

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heavy handed in his approach to the issues of global sustainability he has maintained the feather touch and as light as a serendipitous nudge towards awareness kalnin paints reminders of the encroachment of man upon his fellow creatures and earth which we all share in common the iconic image of the fish flopped on top of the glassy high-rise where more windows than evident structure reflect a fresh airy sky puts the size of man in direct relationship to the dilemma of man s dominion over the other species the inhabitants of this building would not measure up to a fish tail-bone kalnin has placed within the painting s modest frame a reverberating image he has titled this piece all inclusive like the time-share holiday spots of mexico these condos often r&r sugar shacks or snowbird retirement villas are not necessarily the primary residences of those who dwell in them as modernity moves in the flora and fauna are forced to move out and like this fish they often flounder high and dry a testament to man s excess but a moralistic or didactic tone is not what comes across in all inclusive the painting grants status to the fishy position funny thoughts arise such as the smell this greatscaled-one must be exerting upon the inhabitants of the shiny building or the awe that its size inspires beside a comparatively diminutive man in 2005 kalnin painted a bear roaming upright through a cityscape and there was more stature and presence in that bear than in the sophisticated landscape it traversed through but there was also something lost in mr bear s walk through the cement city like a feather is wafted downwards from an eagle in its flight a feeling of sadness comes o re me writes henry wadsworth longfellow about his feelings as dusk falls kalnin s paintings and works on paper are like a poignant butterfly kiss with sincere concerned humility at man s place within the cosmos.

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jim kalnin has been coping with a dual existence that has brought about his visual bilingualism his work is seated in abstraction and has the attributes of the intellectual as well as the instinctual but he also has developed an acute awareness of the imposition of societal structures onto the natural which he represents within depictive genres kalnin doesn t slap us towards consciousness he eases us towards it he brings alive the underbelly of industrialization while still speaking with reverence of mother earth when he moved away from stock s meadow and into kelowna he and his partner lois purchased an old church in lake country where he has lived and worked for many years artwork now graces the interior and creative landscaping including a water fall compliment the spiritually intended building he has managed to find an intrinsic compromise between man and his environment both virtually and creatively julie oakes 2102 one planet 2009 oil on canvas 84 x 168

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rodilla del diablo 2011 oil on canvas 48 x36

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drawn to light 2011 oil on canvas 42 x50

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night bus ii 2012 oil on canvas 20 x24

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land of hopes and dreams 2010 oil on canvas 42 x38

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