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Ron Bloore uses drawing as the point of origin for all his paintings.
First, his automatic, intuitive "scribbles" are pared down and shaped
by erasing elements to create a final design drawing. In this clip at
his studio, Ron discusses his art-making process, from drawing, to
gridded panel transfer, to his technique of painting with scrapers and
palette knives on masonite board.
running time: 02:11
Preferring to leave his work untitled, Ron refuses to discuss the
meaning or content of his art. He strongly believes this engages
the viewer with the piece in an unrestricted way creating
experience, feeling and meaning through personal perception.
running time: 01:02
Watching Ron paint, we hear how there is, “little change between
the little drawing and the big painting” and how,
he “has the moments of
joy along the way...”.
running time: 03:22
Ron talks about the origin and development of the White Paintings.
A struggle with colour lead to an experimental entirely white piece.
Now he realized, "that's not bad, not to see the painting.
The painting isn't aggressive...". Colour, subject, title - Ron's work
carefully strips away any references which might interfere with
the viewer's ability to create meaning through personal experience.
running time: 03:29
[from "White Balance - the work of Ronald Bloore"]
Ron Bloore had moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1958 to
become director of the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, a part
of Regina College (now the University of Regina). He used his
position as director like a prophet expounding the truth of non
figurative abstraction. What followed was a series of ground
breaking shows and a few well publicized hi-jinx.
The most infamous of these was “Images and Studies - an
exhibition by Win Hedore”. The sculptures were assembled by
Ken Lochhead, Bloore, and Ted Godwin from found objects -
junk car parts, cinder blocks, and a tea cup and saucer costing
$2.99. The show was in an art gallery, but was it art?. The fictitious
Win Hedore challenged viewers to make their own judgment.
running time: 00:31
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White Balance - the work of Ronald Bloore
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