Cran joins the panel in the 2007 Art of Peace Visual Arts Symposium in Grande Prairie, AB:
On October 12th and 13th, the fifth annual Art of the Peace Visual
Arts Symposium once again brings together artists and art lovers with
four fascinating presenters in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Renowned Calgary painter Chris Cran is interested in the way that a
painting is perceived. He contends that we are “hard-wired to stare at a
rectangle with coloured stuff on it that’s almost dead flat” and see a
vista in it. That the way we look at a painting is “the pleasurable side
of looking for a tiger in the bush.” Read More
Clint Roenisch Gallery presents 'The Return of the Beautiful Hayseed', a small survey of Chris Cran's work from 1980 - 2006.
Clint Roenisch is pleased to present a small survey of work made
between 1980 and 2006 by Chris Cran, considered one of Canada’s most
important and visually inquisitive painters. Cran has emphasized the
process of perception, optical phenomena, image coherence and the role
of the photographic as key components to his work. This practice, which
has roamed across the spectrum from figuration to abstraction, often
melding disparate techniques into the same painting, has also usually
included an overt sense of humour and visual wit. Read More
Cran's work appears in 'The McIntyre Ranch Project 'at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
THE MCINTYRE RANCH PROJECT
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Until September 11, 2005
By Douglas MacLean
Chris Cran lets us know in his large painting featuring an anonymous
talking head, McIntyre Ranch is... king big! Who better to tell the
story in two words than Alberta’s master of wit and art. Read More
FFWD Weekly previews Cran's 'Camera Obscura Theater' at One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo, January 4-30, 2005.
Laughter in the dark room
Artist Chris Cran plays with perception using The Camera Obscura
THE CAMERA OBSCURA
Chris Cran and guests
Presented as part of the High Performance Rodeo
Runs January 4 to 30
Centre Court (Epcor Centre)
A voice comes on over the speakers:
"Welcome ladies and gentlemen. No photographs please. Make sure all cell phones and beepers are turned off."
Chris Cran’s camera obscura, it’s cramped and dark. The lights come up
and a moving image appears on the screen. The small audience isn’t quite
sure what’s happening, but they’re entranced by the image as music
plays somewhere behind the invisible screen.
Camera Obscura, which means "dark room," has fascinated artists and
scientists alike for thousands of years. It is still a modern wonder for
this audience. Read More