Leona Petrak in Nanaimo

Leona Petrak's "Red Tango"

Leona Petrak's "Red Tango"

The Nanaimo Art Gallery, downtown location 150 Commercial Street, will be presenting an exhibition by artist Leona Petrak. Night and Day is a show of opposites, presenting forms, colours, textures, and spaces perceived under light and under the absence of light. Petrak’s inspiration for both groups of paintings comes from desert areas of North and South America. Desertscapes in daylight seem reversed in moonlight. Forms appear changed, gritty textures turn to velvet, colours flair and then mute, space seems to increase and become more awesome. Both aspects are fascinating. Both inspire art.

Petrak explains, “I’m inspired by the rhythm of the bare land and rock tellingĀ  the story of our planet. The bass-line shows the solid vastness of time and space and monumental disturbance held seemingly in stasis in geological strata while the lyrical rhythm whirls across the surface in constant rapid changes of colour, gilding light and shadow in sweeping fast time by comparison, just grazing the surface…….so again, there is a sense of opposites, of paradox. It’s this environment, in all the rawness of the earth and its atmosphere in elemental condition which anchors the belief that because the planet was here long before mankind, it will be here long after we are gone, and we are, too, just grazing the surface. It’s through this primal and timeless pattern and rhythm that I perceive complete order in the universe.”

Night and Day runs from August 20 to September 12, 2009, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 20, 2009. For more information call 250-754-1750