Bruce Pashak | Grete and the Dress of Life
June 11 - 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2-4pm
The painting "Grete and the Dress of Life", child woman from "The Mahler Project" embodies the binary attributes of power and vulnerability. A towering figure of 10 1/2' on paper, Grete is poised and deliberate as she embarks on her journey of self discovery.
"The Mahler Project" narrative is an allegorical tale about the orphan Grete who is on a journey to discover her parentage. The figure of Grete is immersed in a swimming world of flora and fauna that seems to carry her mesmerizingly into an uncertain future. The winged Grete personifies our hope and desire for a future that can, bridge understanding and knowledge with strength and conviction towards future possibilities.
The Mahler Project - a series of interdisciplinary artworks inspired by Gustav Mahler's 3rd symphony is an ongoing work for Pashak.
Bruce Pashak is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist. Pashak uses imagery, text and technology to create abstracted anti-narratives that both affirm culturally-encoded associations and break free of these limitations. Influenced by contrapuntal and polyphonic structures, Pashak seeks to crack open his work through discordance. Referentiality is deployed and then disrupted. The viewer is meant to be engaged by the normative values of his reference material and then left to their own devices. The images become an experience, a slippery personal tour through existentialism where the meaningful is unhinged and the meaningless finds its private value. A Masters graduate of the University of Calgary, Bruce Pashak continues his theoretical inquiries into the construction and dissemination of perception. His studio practice includes combinations of painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media work.
Daniel Laskarin, for the briefness of flight, mixed materials with hummingbird nest, 2014