Post Contemporary Art

I have joined a new, broadly conceived movement in the art world, a movement whose fresh tenets align with my own.

'Alces Madonna' by Shane Wilson

It is time to reaffirm made art as objects of human value, as something good, something fine. It is time to restore beauty, transcendence and timelessness to objects made, artfully sprung from the human soul.

Doing so serves a larger purpose: it restores a sense of hope for the future; a resolve to move past the impending apocalypse caused by our collective weight and waste on the planet.

To make a better way.

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Richard Thomas Scott distinguishes the intention of Post Contemporary from the current scene,

“Since ‘Contemporary Art’ is defined as: Art which owes its foundation to post-modernism, and whose concepts focus primarily on transient issues of the present moment - as opposed to simply "art being created within our lifetime"...

Then Post Contemporary is a separate paradigm whose primary concepts address the
timeless, eternal, and the human condition.

In contrast with the pre-modernists, i.e. before the 20th century, the post contemporary is concerned with re-constructing meaningful traditions, that were deconstructed in the post-modern paradigm... not necessarily in the same form as before, but
drawing upon an unprecedented access to knowledge of every era in history.

Though it draws upon the traditions of the past and is in continuity with the past, it is
forward-looking.”

He goes on to explain that, “’Post contemporary’ is not owned or originated by any individual. It is ... a philosophically driven paradigm shift within which many movements may take place - like modernism and post-modernism before it.”

As a beginning Graydon Parrish suggests that Post Contemporary Art consist of the following broad attributes:

1. Skill - “Contemporary art erased skill. It is vital to Post Contemporary.”

2. Beauty - “While it is difficult to find a universal beauty that will satisfy everyone, it does no good to erase the word. We all have experienced it and we understand the difference between it and ugliness. Furthermore, beauty can be a perspective. One can approach the world seeking it and find it in unexpected places.”

3. Humanism - “The outlook that people are valuable. Empathy comes to mind as well.”

4. Creativity - “Creativity suggests vitality, not negativity. A nihilistic work isn't creative but rather destructive. One can certainly express dissatisfaction with the world through art, but merely reflecting what is bad is not enough.”

5. Communication - “Vagueness as a rule is unacceptable to Post Contemporary art.”

Graydon thinks of these five attributes as starting points. He hopes they bring “
lots of debate.”

Indeed!

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New Studio - Work Begins Anew

Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio opens in the new, renovated space with work on the latest moose antler sculpture, ‘Alces Madonna’.

The donnaconna cut shapes on wall, ceiling and placed around the studio help to dampen sound from the carving process, as does the carpet under the carving space.


Work begins in the newly renovated studio for Shane Wilson Sculpture

Work begins in the newly renovated studio on the latest moose antler sculpture.

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New Studio - Renovation Complete

Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio, outside shot, painted.
Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio, outside after installation of new front wall, window and doors.

Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio, inside shot, painted.
Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio, inside after renos and painting.

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New Studio - Renovation

Much was required to prepare the new studio: lighting, electrical upgrades, exits, heating and front and rear walls all needed attention. Tim Lawry and Karl Nordquist from TJ Lawry Construction performed the renos expertly, having created a marvellous new work space for Shane Wilson Sculpture.

Tim Lawry rough wires new lighting for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.
Tim Lawry roughs in new lighting and receptacles for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.

Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio doors, custom made.
Custom-made french doors for the studio, under construction.

Tim Lawry, TJ Lawry Construction, works on custom made french doors for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.
Tim Lawry, TJ Lawry Construction, works on french doors for the Shane Wilson Sculpture Studio.

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Air Canada En Route Magazine - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - Review

Air Canada's En Route Magazine, image of d|bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson
Air Canada's En Route Magazine, with image of d|bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, heading a review of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, which “exudes modern Canadian style”. (print version article ’Checking In: Our Favourite Hotels’ - p. 32, June 2014)