EXHIBITIONS

David Alexander

DAVID ALEXANDER | Wandering Wants No Root
340 Dundas St. West

November 5 - 19

Exciting new canvases by David T. Alexander are on display this November at Bau-Xi Toronto.Wandering Wants No Root is a phrase that for Alexander describes a process, a distinct aesthetic, and a painted philosophy. Much in the same way that the artist’s brush wanders across his canvases—with linear strokes dissolving into pools of light and colour—so too does Alexander himself wander conceptually through his re-created, reflected worlds.  New work communicates a nomadic approach to both paint and process: tall reeds spontaneously sprout out of their own reflection, the water’s surface a space of distortion and multiplication. Thick brush overlays landscapes with dark, impenetrable screens; Alexander’s land is just within view, not always entirely accessible, and often unattached to clear, geographic referents. Wandering Wants No Root captures land as a map of shimmering surfaces, speculative spaces that bend and move before our eyes.

 

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GALLERY ARTISTS | Through Forest, Sea and Sky
3045 Granville Street
November 5 - 19

This group exhibition featuring new work by gallery artists explores the West Coast landscape in all its beauty and complexity. From deep within moss covered forests, and further beyond to the mountains, and valleys, and traversing the coastline, this region continues to inspire the artists who re-envision the genre of landscape painting through a contemporary lens.

 

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Joshua Jensen-Nagle presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

JOSHUA JENSEN-NAGLE | Modern Leisure
324 Dundas St. West
November 5 - 19

Special preview in our 
ART TORONTO booth, A30
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Friday October 28, 2016, 5-8pm - artist talk at 6pm

Preview the newest work by Joshua Jensen-Nagle this fall at Art Toronto. Join us at booth A30 for a reception with the artist, and  to view an exciting showcase of this fair-exclusive series. Please contact the gallery for details. Limited tickets available.

 

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CHRIS SHEPHERD | Construct
324 Dundas St. West
October 15 - 20

Construct is a series of interventions on physical photographic prints by Toronto artist Chris Shepherd. Through shredding, cutting, tearing, folding, crumpling and other processes, Shepherd re-configures his images into sculptural forms. These new objects are then re-photographed with a result that prompts viewers to re-evaluate the conventional language of photography. Images of sky, urban greenery, and industrial parking lots infuse Shepherd's experiments in medium with a distinct quality of the everyday. Memory, nostalgia, documentation and other established tropes of the medium become secondary to form and object, activating dialogue about the very definitions of the photograph itself.

 

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BRATSA BONIFACHO | Return to Babylonia
3045 Granville Street
October 15 - 29

Bratsa Bonifacho's interest in communication and cultural identity is the foundation for his latest exhibition, Return to Babylonia. A fascination with Akkadian, the ancient language of a Babylonia, led the artist to explore the triangle and line motifs of the alphabet. A breaking-up and bursting of the iconic grid patterning and Roman alphabet of the artist's seminal "Habitat Pixel" series, Bonifacho's latest paintings deconstruct and splay the recognizable shape of letters, numbers and symbols into blooms of cacophonous colour.

 

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SHERI BAKES | Stars in Flower, For my mom
3045 Granville Street
September 24 - October 8

A celebration of the close relationship and constant inspiration her mother is to her creative development, Sheri Bakes upcoming exhibition imbues the spirit of her mother with her perennial interest in the effects of light and movement on natural subjects.

"My mother has given me, among other things, the gift of appreciating awe-inspiring beauty in nature. I have spent hours with her in her garden. Whether she works quietly on her own or expresses wonderment and joy in the blossoming of a Dahlia, she shares with me the incredible beauty of both her own physical garden, and her own personal, internal garden."

During the early stage of planning 'Stars in Flowers, for my Mom, Bakes' mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The physical implications of the disorder left Bakes to wonder how her mother's garden might change. The echo of her mother's constant refrain at the time of diagnosis comforted and encouraged the artist to paint with new fearlessness: "We have to live for today, not worry about tomorrow."

 

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Hugh Mackenzie artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

Hugh Mackenzie | Show 88
Dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Mackenzie 

September 10 - 22 
340 Dundas St. West

Show 88 is for Hugh Mackenzie a proclamation—of age, of loss, and of love. This September, Bau-Xi Gallery will be presenting new paintings by Mackenzie, whose powerful work has stirred the collective consciousness of audiences from the 1950s to the present day. Oil paintings draw on genres familiar to the artist—abstracted cityscapes and portraits that glimpse both the sublimity of the urban landscape and the dark intimacy of the human body in paint. Show 88 will also include works by the late Dorothy Mackenzie, to whom the entire exhibition is dedicated. Dorothy’s still life paintings will showcase her skilled hand in watercolour and oils while also serving as living memories in conversation with her husband's work.

 

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Anthony Redpath artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

ANTHONY REDPATH | Re-Fined 
324 Dundas St. West
September 10-22 

Anthony Redpath's latest photographic series focuses on the industrial history of coastal British Columbia. Framing worn-down or vacant buildings, Redpath positions his lens at close range to distill his subjects into a series of abstracted planes of  shape and texture. Further enhanced by the complex ribbing, vaulting and rustication of the sugar refinery, pulp mills, and oil refinery that comprise the series, Redpath's attention to detail reveals the effects of time on these monolithic architectural subjects. Works in RE-FINED are technical, beautiful images which respond to shifting understandings about industry as an important feature of the Canadian landscape.

Following the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky and Candida Hofer, Redpath's treatment of his subjects entices the viewer to go beyond the documentary style and examine closely the surface sensuality and rich palette of a decaying landscape. As critic Sky Gooden has observed, "where the Bechers stood back from their industrial subjects, Redpath rushes in."

 

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ANDRE PETTERSON | Transition
3045 Granville Street
September 10 - 22

The widespread, politically-charged graffiti decorating stately Neoclassical buildings in Buenos Aires is impossible to ignore. It is a visual contradiction which exposes the rift between the conservative elite and radical working class. Aesthetically, the bold colours of spray paint and the gestural, script-like application reshape its planar architectural forms into a highly personal expression. For the artist, the vandalized buildings of the Argentine capital reflect, "a need for a generation of people to be heard by way of a visual vocabulary which speaks out against the values of the establishment."

In 'Transition', Petterson utilizes the suit jacket - a Western symbol of masculine authority, formality, and professional prowess - as a vehicle to capture this notion. Physical suit jackets, painted in bold colour with a gestural, Sumi-e technique indicative of the artist's earlier work, become politicized sites revealing contradictory ideas of success and oppression in contemporary society. If the suit is a metaphor for the establishment, then the artist uses the garment as a canvas to liberate its socio-political identification.

Applying paint to the jacket prior to photographing it adds a new layer of dimension to Petterson's work, blurring the boundary between photography and painting that has come to be synonymous with his practice. 

 

 

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