Brent Wadden: Two Scores

John Thomson , GalleriesWest, January 14, 2018

From a distance, they look like hard edge paintings; five large pieces affixed to canvas and hung on the wall. Another lies on the floor. Close inspection reveals something else. They’re not paintings but weavings and the weaving is imperfect, even sloppy. Artist Brent Wadden, who has a BFA in painting from NSCAD University in Halifax and now splits his time between Vancouver and Berlin, wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m an untrained weaver,” says the internationally exhibited artist. “Someone who is traditionally trained would do things a lot differently. At this point, I like and accept all the mistakes.”