Thursday, November 8, 2007

La Perle, Michael Wawrykowicz, The Artery, November 8, 2007

it is only fitting to have Michael Wawrykowicz kick off the art exhibitions in The Artery. The first official art show to premier in the newly renovated furniture store-turned-alternative venue below the legends of Studio E, La Perle sums up all that this flexible space along Jasper Avenue and 95 St. could be: a casual gathering for the creative and the informal. The downside is that it's hard to view the art if you miss the opening. Gallery hours range usually for two to three hour shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also during the bi-weekly Guerilla Art Fairs that take place on Saturdays (this weekend is one of those every other weekends.)

The works in question (of which the public may or may not be able to see) fill the walls as giant blocks of colour and memory. Every day moments, of individuals caught off guard in glee or in awkwardness, is reiterated in big, bright, and brilliantly blurred strokes. There is a sense of fleetingness that directly reflects these casual moments lived and rarely remembered. In particular are the photo-based works of friends and loved ones from their childhood, images that reveal a private glimpse from a privileged perspective, and a perspective that ultimately echoes our everyday relationships in a pure and uncomplicated light.

Image credit: "Jana" Michael Wawrykowicz, 2005-07


Anonymous said...

Nice picture! (but i am biased)

What a nice article. -Jana


I feel like I had seen most of this work before, in other scattered places. I guess it's nice to see it all together (and it may have been altered I suppose). But I want to see new stuff!