Honey Pot Review

"Antiques, Blush, Character Home, Desire, Exotic landscape, Fainting, Garter, Heathcliff, Iron Gate, Jewelry, Kisses, Loss of Control, Matriarchy, Old Hairstyles, Protest, Robin’s Egg, Seduction, Titanic, Unconscious Mind, Vase, Waist: the alphabet as imagined by RBC Emerging Artist Award winner Natasha Jensen. Her exhibition Honey Pot, currently showing at Five Art & Merchandise is a visual découpé of selected terms from her master list of muses exploring the semiotics of the constructed female fantasy."

Check out the rest of the article here!

http://www.akimbo.ca/akimblog/?id=1373

HONEYPOT at FIVE AM ART AND MERCHANDISE

If you live in the Calgary area or visiting the Calgary area from June 15-July 15 2018 please check out my solo show at Five AM Art and Merchandise in the East Village! The show consists of five new pencil crayon drawings which I am very excited by.  If you like blushy flowers in full bloom, rococo aesthetics, and double entendre then I think you'll like this show!

HONEYPOT

609 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1C3

Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-7PM

https://www.fiveartandmerchandise.com/

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RBC Emerging Artist Award at Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions

Back in April 2018, I had the honor of receiving the RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions for my work as an artist and my contributions to the Calgary arts community. It was a bittersweet event filled with the arts community that I've grown to love so much and close friends who I spent the entire event making silly faces in between the speeches.  For two months I had to keep the award a secret which was devastatingly difficult for me, I don't like keeping secrets especially good ones. I did cheat and tell my friend Christina who lives in Scotland about what was happening in Calgary and about how nervous I was about the whole thing. She was my dedicated secret keeper and I am so grateful for her patience for my neuroses.

Here is the write up about the award!

“The Emerging Artist Award was established to recognize up-and-coming, Calgary-based artists. The award recognizes that a thriving cultural community includes artists who choose to live and build their careers in Calgary from the onset. The intent of the award is to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding artists in the early phases of their careers.”

The best part about the awards ceremony was my place of work Arts Commons found out about me receiving an award the day before and surprised me by getting my parents tickets so they could experience the event. They even hosted my sweet parents at the Arts Commons table and got them name tags and everything! My parents felt very VIP treat and thought that this is what working in the arts is like every day. 

Another great highlight was I got to take photos with our beloved Mayor Naheed Nenshi who was once vote the world’s greatest Mayor! When we were taking photos I giggly said that it felt like we were taking prom photos together and Nenshi said that everyday feels like taking prom photos for a mayor. I thought that was cute.

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Anyways! Sometimes life as an artist is spending a copious amount of time alone in a messy studio having no idea what the fudging fudge you are doing so the few moments you have to be championed by your community and peers is unbelievably special!

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Five AM Art and Merchandise (October)

Five AM Art and Merchandise is located in the East Village of Calgary, Alberta and is hands down one of my favourite galleries in YYC. Five AM is a "gallery, shop & studio committed to finding unconventional methods of bringing contemporary art and creativity into people's lives." From artist designed goods, exhibitions to special events 5AM is definitely a welcoming breath of fresh air with their mix of contemporary art and commerce. If you can't make the opening on October 20th the show will be up till November 5th so grab a coffee across the street and check them out! 

https://fiveartandmerchandise.com/

I am thrilled, honored and totally intimated to being invited to participate in this group show with some of Calgary's most prolific artists. The concept of the group show was that each artist would be paired with another artist and then they would create a portrait of each other simple as that! I was paired with comic artist Jillian Fleck whose work and friendship have rocked me to my core for years. Jillian is such a humorous and complicated person I wanted to do something that captured both of those traits that make Jillian who she is. I also wanted to make a portrait that was inspired by my animation influence which is currently dominating my studio for the past year. 

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In animation, there is this technique that animators are obsessed with (me including) called a "smear" which can create some pretty bizarre drawings! A smear is a depiction of movement in a single frame to create a burst of speed. Often times a smear will create a blur effect in a single frame of motion. In my drawing  "Smear Campaign of Jillian Fleck," you'll get a little taste of this bizarre effect that smears can create. 

http://jillianfleck.com/

See you on Friday! 

HEATWAVE!

 

Swoon! Heatwave's opening last week at RANDM Collective was such a blast and a half! It was an incredible experience to be showcased with some of my favourite illustrators and artists in YYC to explore the theme of love in the 21st Century.  It is a sexy, sweet and bold show that Lyndon Navalta curated so please check it out before it closes on September 29th!

Lyndon and I sat down with Kelsey the brilliant and dirty mind behind Thecummentary to talk about the exhibition and our individual pieces! 

https://thecummentary.com/2017/09/22/heatwave-art-show/

Photos were taken by Lyndon Navalta and Mike Kerr

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Hey, everyone! 

I currently have some work in a lovely group show called Heatwave curated by Lyndon Navalta at RandM collective in Calgary, Alberta. It's a steamy little number so please check it out before the last day of the show on September 29th. In the meantime checkout this amazing digital poster Lyndon Navalta created for the show! 

XO

NFJ