January 19 - March 4, 2023



Jasmine Cardenas | Chanel DesRoches | Hannah Johnson | Andrea Taylor |Kelly Uyeda

Colour and Form brings together 5 artists who exemplify a diverse array of methodologies used to tackle the conceptual enigmas of colour and form in art. 

Consistently through the lens of abstraction, these artists harness the powers of these essential elements and tame them through their own artistic practices.

The concepts of colour and colour theory in art have been taught, and re-taught, for centuries. The effects of colour are in the eye of the beholder. Their truths are forever to be concealed from the viewer. Despite the irrationality of the concept of colour, it remains a powerful tool in art creation. Understood visually, symbolically and psychologically, colour is an immense force that affects us and our perception of art and the world, whether we know it or not. 

Form, often considered hand-in-hand with colour, can refer to either the entirety of a work of art itself, or specific shapes within the composition. The artist may generate form from naturalistic references yet at the same time destroy its relation to said reference, creating an essential, new expressive form. Form can be, and is, expressive. Formalists would argue that form is paramount in a work of art. The notion of form as expression or conveyor of meaning became a central tenet of abstraction, and is additionally prominent in this exhibition.

The objective laws of form and colour help to strengthen a person’s powers and to expand [their] creative gift.”

- Johannes Itten | Design and Form

“Colour is life; for a world without colour appears to us as dead.”

- Johannes Itten | Elements of Colour

 Jasmine Cardinas

  • Sharing Table

    2023 | 36 x 24

    Oil, acrylic, pumice stone

    sand, repurposed fabric on canvas

  • 2023 | 36 x 24

    Oil, acrylic, pumice stone,

    repurposed fabric on linen

Jasmine Cardenas

Jasmine Cardenas is a Canadian-Ecuadorian multidisciplinary artist currently based in Hamilton, ON. She holds a BFA from OCAD University.

Working in painting, sculpture, collage and installation, Cardenas combines elements from varying mediums to create a communicative relationship between them.

Inspired by Latin American textiles, and how these textiles are used as a form of communication via symbol and colour, Cardenas’ paintings exhibit powerful imagery and bold palettes. Family and family history has recently been at the forefront of her practice, ensuring that their cultural traditions, histories, and memories are immortalized. Cardenas references and records culturally relevant symbols, patterns, forms, and palettes in her paintings creating abstracted narratives that are specific to some, yet ambiguous to others. In this way, her work becomes a method of visual story-telling.

Chanel DesRoches

Colour and Form Lalani Jennings Contemporary Art

Cool Down 

2022 | 78 x 68

Oil, oil stick, pastel & graphite on canvas

Chanel DesRoches

Chanel DesRoches is a Canadian painter currently based in Guelph, ON. She holds a BA Honours in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, and is currently an MFA candidate at York University. Additionally, she is the owner and directory of Necessary Arts Collective, located in downtown Guelph. 

In her abstractions, DesRoches explores themes of fear, anxiety, rebellion, and vulnerability drawing from her personal history and experiences as a queer female. For DesRoches, the process of painting is both a method of creation and a method of research into society's complexities around queerness, deviance, social anxiety, and improvisation through a visual mode of abstraction.

Large-scale, and highly gestural and expressive, Chanel’s paintings are demanding of attention. Seemingly contradictory forms are mended and tamed. Moments of consistent repetition are shockingly interrupted. They are highly emotional pieces that exude anxious energies.

Hannah Johnson

  • Object #1

    2022 | 7.5 x 5 x 5

    Clay, glaze, wire, paint, flocking

  • Object #2

    2022 | 8 x 4 x 4

    Clay, glaze, lustre, paint, flocking, glitter

  • Object #3

    2022 | 6.5 x 7 x 3

    Clay, glaze, paint, flocking

  • Object #4

    2022 | 7.5 x 6.5 x 6.5

    Clay, glaze, paint, flocking

  • Object #5

    2022 | 7 x 5 x 4

    Clay, glaze, paint, flocking, Glitter, acrylic

  • Object #6

    2022 | to insert

    Clay, glaze, lustre, yarn

  • Object #7

    2022 | 4 x 6 x 4

    Clay, glaze, paint, flocking, Glitter

  • Object #7

    2022 | 7 x 7.5 x 3

    Clay, glaze, paint, flocking

Hannah Johnson

"My work formally explores form, surface, colour and material integration. Using inspiration from the world around me, I create sculptural objects that reflect my own notions of beauty, humour, and the sense of child-like wonder that is lost as time passes. Inspirations include the hardware store, food, nature, and kids crafting materials. 

While making, I consider if a person can be hard and soft, serious and playful, youthful and mature, simultaneously. By incorporating play and experimentation in the making process, I reflect on how these contradictions can come together in form, surface, colour, and materiality.

 I am interested in emphasising the aspects of the world that as a child I unabashedly loved, including bright colours, silly forms, and captivating materials. Child-like wonder is important; it draws you in and encourages you to slow down and look at the world around you a little closer without concern of judgement."

Andrea Taylor

  • Twist and Shout

    2019/22 | 13 x 12 x 14

    Cardboard, fiberglass, epoxy resin,Epoxy resin clay, epoxy putty, glue,Canvas, acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil crayon

  • Strolling in the Summer Sun 2019/22 | 13 x 9 x 9

    Cardboard, fiberglass, epoxy resin, glue,Canvas, acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil crayon,acrylic spray paint

Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor is a Canadian artist, based in Vancouver, whose work considers body fragility/strength, temporality, corporeality, movement, and the experience the viewer has with the work. Using mostly commonplace materials, she creates abstract mixed-media sculptures, stop-motion videos, and drawings. Andrea holds an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2014). In 2017 she completed an Anvil Centre Artist Residency as well as a Banff Centre Spring Intensive Residency. 

Past solo shows include Mónica Reyes Gallery (2022), Malaspina Printmakers and Back Gallery Project. One of her videos was included in God in Reverse: When Wisdom Defies Capture, digital exhibition curated by Mohammad Salemy for Richmond Art Gallery in 2020. In 2022, her work was featured in a three-person exhibition at Gordon Smith Gallery with M.E. Sparks and Russna Kaur, curated by Kate Henderson. She has taught for many years for Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University.

Kelly Uyede

  • Bikini Tulip

    2022 | 24 x 18

    Oil on panel

  • Peel & Zest

    2022 | 24 x 18

    Oil on panel

Kelly Uyeda

Kelly Uyeda is a Japanese-Canadian painter. Uyeda received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph (2022) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2015).

Uyeda uses decorative pattern to study how the habits and pleasures of looking animate our surroundings. Her work depicts motifs drawn from textiles, architectural details or industrial design, which are detached from their function and opened to multiple associations and sites of recognition. These motifs index a Canadian material landscape while they are painted with a sensibility influenced by Japanese aesthetics and design. Uyeda’s paintings are an invitation to stretch one’s way of looking at everyday objects. Her work connects pattern to domesticity and perceptual experience.