Cadenza – Jinny Yu & Don Andrus at the Confederation Centre

Two well-known Canadian artists from different parts of the country have begun a dialogue on painting by creating two large murals for a new exhibit at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Jinny Yu and Don Andrus: Cadenza is a collaborative project by artists Don Andrus (a former professor in Art History at Concordia University Montréal, now based in PEI) and Jinny Yu (born in Korea, now teaching at the University of Ottawa).

The pair picked a starting point, an 18th century Venetian mural by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770). Cadenza is not an homage to Tiepolo or the history of painting. It is an inquiry into the nature of painting today and their respective studio practices.

They agreed on the scale of their works: both murals are the same size as the Tiepolo: 5 feet by 44 feet, and that their works will be installed facing each other. Yu did preparatory work during a Charlottetown residency, and completed her work while in residence in New York. Andrus visited Yu in New York and adjusted the colour of his work to resonate with hers.

“In essence, it is a dialogue on the walls. The title Cadenza is apt, a term in music referring to improvisations within a scored piece of music. It is a reference to their intention in creating their own particular variation on Tiepolo’s mural,” says the exhibit’s curator, Ihor Holubizky.

“In a local history perspective, Tiepolo’s mural was completed 15 years after the establishment of continuous French settlement on PEI. Yet it survived, and close to 300 years later, its signal is amplified and rests on the walls of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery—food for thought and quiet contemplation in the 21st century,” he adds.

Jinny Yu and Don Andrus: Cadenza opens January 15 and is on display until May 29. The exhibition is curated by adjunct curator Ihor Holubizky.

above image: Don Andrus, (detail), 2010, oil stick, oil pastel, fresco slip on meranti board, 163.4 x 121.9 cm, on loan from the artist



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