Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series picks Montreal finalist Oct. 4
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – A winner will be chosen among 22 local emerging visual artists at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 4 at the Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series. The local winner will then fly to Miami in December to compete against other visual artists from major cities across North America.
These 22 artists are the finalists selected from a pool of 500 local visual artists who applied for the contest, submitting an original piece of artwork online before the August 3 deadline. All visual art is accepted, except film.
“The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series is a search to discover the best emerging visual artists from North America. Now in its 8th year, the Artisan Series is excited to announce its new partner, Artsy. This partnership will help provide emerging artists with a powerful platform to share their work with more curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts than ever before. Artists submit a photo of their artwork online and exhibit at local art gallery events across the U.S. and Canada, for the opportunity to showcase their work at SCOPE Miami Beach, one of the largest global art fairs in the world,” reads text from the Bombay Sapphire website.
The October 4 ceremony takes place from 6-9 pm at the Duran Mashaal Gallery at 4030 St Ambroise St. It is billed as a chance to “discover new artists and the Bombay cocktails inspired by creativity. Promotional literature makes no mention of an entrance fee for this event.
Event co-sponsor Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. “Our growing database of 800,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 70,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art,” reads promotional literature.
The Duran Mashaal Gallery is meanwhile described as “ the brainchild of an interior designer and an art dealer, Duran Mashaal Gallery came to fruition after directors Sarah Mashaal and Andres Duran felt that there was a large void in Canada for a contemporary art gallery whose primary focus is not only on Canadian emerging artists, but as well as international emerging and mid-career artists,” again from promotional literature.
While the submission deadline has passed for 2017, The Times assumes that a similar contest will be held in 2018..This year’s contestants needed to be at least 25 years old at the time of entry with more information at the website below.
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Montreal
Wednesday, October 4 from 6-9 pm
Duran Mashaal Gallery
4030 St Ambroise St. #455 H4C 2C7
The Fixed Stars
A finished work by Evans resembles nothing so much as a maze of quasi-biomorphic materials, caught in the glow of some strange, almost alien, light source. The process of getting there for Evans is however, an arduous one. Working with glues, resins, and wax, Evans builds a labour-intensive sculpture, molding and constructing until he has arrived at a point where what he has looks like a scale model of some fantastic place of indeterminate size, purpose, and composition. Seeming to be somehow natural and artificial at once, man-made but weirdly also irrational in shape and contour, these objects are planned to appear to look beyond what humans would or could do. The Artist works so as the deny us any certain knowledge of what these things definitively represent; they could be in a sense, almost anything.<br /><br /> In the photos that constitute Evans’ finished work, the gleaming distances shot through with fiery colours, trans-positional entrances and exits, dark corners, and what seem like distant, smouldering constellations and nebulae are in fact images of these sculptures, backlit and shot in the artist’s studio. taking hundreds of pictures at a time, Evans then proceeds to choose the ones that work best and photoshops them together into a seamless collage, in which we think we are looking at something almost unimaginably huge or maybe microscopically tiny (or paradoxically both); lit resembles a deep- space photograph from the Hubble telescope, or a scan of sub-atomic particles by an electron microscope. Evans’ pictures evoke spaces and objects that suggest area and time spans we find it difficult to fathom.