charcoal drawing from series: Conversations with Time - After the Blossoms
Laurie Sponagle - charcoal drawings


Artist's Statement
Representational or abstract, my drawings imply a human presence, whether actual or implied.

Capturing the implied essence of human presence is the basis for the series entitled Conversations with Time. The full length, frontal portrait of an empty chair is arranged as to communicate beyond the confines of the frame engaging the viewer in conversation. Each is subtitled to imply a moment after the event and it, in conjunction with the environment, gives the viewer more information regarding the age, rank, background and social role of the gender portrayed. The shallow space in which the chair is positioned only indications of depth are the chair and floor boards coupled with the opaque white void within the window emphasizes the surface tension inherent in one dimensional supports. This is further reinforced with the exposure of the papers edges, a conscious framing decision with a majority of my artwork.

In my most recent series Abstracts I have been able to experiment more with the charcoal, incorporating it with other media and introducing colour. The drawn line is rawer; the sequence of the drawing progress from blank paper to completed drawing is more transparent. Visible are my many marking making gestures raw lines of media and eraser, interspersed with sections of smudging/smearing with the hand all sweeping over the taped off linear shapes. Once the tape is removed to reveal the paper support, this internal frame (line/shape) frees a section of the drawing from the chaos surrounding it, even though it is a derivative of the drawing process. The paper support becomes just as important as the media layered on its surface as it becomes integral in the dialogue of interior/exterior, foreground/background and the push/pull of individual layers.
Education
1993 - University of Guelph (BA, Specializing in Fine Arts)
Studio Professional Development
2012 - Dramatic Shading Techniques (Sharlena Wood), Loyalist College, Belleville ON

2009 - Issues in Contemporary Painting Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON

2006 - Drawing Process: Finding & Making your own mark (Peter Kolisnyk), Sir Sanford Fleming

2005 - Canadian Conservation Institute, Permanence of Artists Materials Workshop, Ottawa ON

2001 - Design and Personal Style with Models (Alex Powers), St. Lawrence College (Brockville)
Grants & Awards
2012
- Visual Artists: Emerging Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2011
- Best in Drawing Category, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON

2009
- Awarded 5th Place, 8th Annual Juried Salon, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston ON
- Visual Artist: Emerging Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2008
- Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Bodies and Motion, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON
- Honourable Mention, On the Waters Edge, Firehall Theatre, Gananoque ON
- Juror's Award, 1st Annual Juried Art Show, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville ON
- Awarded 5th Place, 7th Annual Juried Salon, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston ON
- Awarded 1st Place, Annual Juried Exhibition, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON

2007
- Awarded 5th Prize, 6th Annual Juried Art Salon, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston ON
- Awarded 2nd Place, Annual Juried Exhibition, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON

2006
- Exhibition Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Fulford Place Museum Exhibit

2005
- The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Solo Exhibitions

2009 - Sandra Whitton Gallery, Kingston ON
2008 - Conversations with Time: Gananoque Chairs, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON
2007 - Sandra Whitton Gallery, Kingston ON
2006 - Conversations with Time: Fulford Chairs, Fulford Place Museum, Brockville ON
2005 - 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2013
- One of a Kind Spring Show, Toronto ON

2012
- One of a Kind Christmas Show, Toronto ON
- 51st Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON
- Through Thick & Thistle, 14th Annual Juried Exhibition, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston ON
- 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival, Brockville ON
- Spirit of the Land, 4th Annual Juried Show, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville ON
- Modern Fuel Members Spring Show & Sale, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston ON
- Best of TOAE 2011, First Canada Place, Toronto ON

2011
- One of a Kind Christmas Show, Toronto ON
- Ottawa Art Expo, Ottawa ON
- Best of 2011, The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto ON (Nuit Blanche)
- 50th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON
- 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival, Brockville ON

2010
- One of a Kind Christmas Show, Toronto ON
- Art in the City Brockville, Brockville ON
- Laurie Sponagle & Kathrine Christensen, Spotlight on the Rideau, Smith Falls ON
- Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery, Kingston ON

2009
- One of a Kind Christmas Show, Toronto ON;
- NOT FOR PROFIT, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston ON
- Along the River's Edge Art Show & Sale, The Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton NY
- 2nd Annual Juried Art Show, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville ON
- 8th Annual Juried Salon, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston ON
- NGB Studios Mother's Day Open House, NGB Studios/Anglin Bay Pottery, Kingston ON
- Interconnected Art/Kingston Spring Studio Art Tour, Anglin Bay Pottery, Kingston ON
- Toronto Art Expo, Toronto ON; Women in Art, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville ON

2008
- Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded 1st Place, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON
- Past, Present, Future: Fine Arts Faculty of St. Lawrence College, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville ON
- Toronto Art Expo, Toronto ON (participant since 2004)
- Bodies and Motion, (with Andrea Mossop), Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON

2007
- Rideau Valley Art Festival, Westport ON (participant since 2000)
- Annual Juried Exhibition, Awarded 2nd Place, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall ON
- Highly Recommended, The Drawers - Headbones Gallery, Toronto ON

2006
- Frederic Remington Art Museum, International Juried Art Exhibit, Ogdensburg, NY

Professional Organization Member
Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens Ontario

Kingston Arts Council, Kingston ON

Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston ON

Teaching - St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON
Teaching Development...

2011 - Curriculum Development - Manitoulin Arts Entrepreneurship

2010 - Curriculum Development - Aboriginal Arts Entrepreneurship

Teaching Experience...

2011 - Entrepreneurship; Aboriginal Arts Program; Manitoulin Arts Program
2009 - Drawing and Composition (Fine Arts Diploma)
2008 - Entrepreneurship (Fine Arts Diploma)
2005 - Continuing Education: Basic Drawing

Catalogues & Publications

  • Elaine Fleck's Catalogue of Contemporary Fine Art, Best of 2011, The Elaine Fleck Gallery, Toronto ON. Popular local artist awarded Best of show at prestigious outdoor exhibition, The Observer, July 20/11, p. 16

  • Artist's Profile: Laurie Sponagle, Dispatch: The Newsletter of CARFAC Ontario, V15:4, p 6.

  • 'Laurie Sponagle - Headbones Gallery,The Drawers' Artist Catalogue, commentary by Julie Oakes, from exhibit HighlyRecommended, January 11 - February 20, 2007, Rich Fog Micro Publishing,Toronto ON


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