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Ronald Bloore

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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.

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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.

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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...”.

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White Paintings

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.
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Win Hedore
[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.

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