SnapshotPainting imitates how the viewer looks at it
Posted by SCENE staff | Thursday November 22, 2012
Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Canadian, b. 1980, Detail from "Inspector (Inspector)", 2012, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 121.92 cm, courtesy of Battat Contemporary, photo courtesy of the artist
The blue loops that slip across this painting's surface act like a surrogate for a viewer's gaze.
—Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, artist
A new exhibit at the School of Art Gallery called Re-Configuring Abstraction celebrates the work of four artists connected to the fine arts faculty at the University of Manitoba.
"Inspector (Inspector) Dr. Oliver Botar
is a professor of art history at the university. He says there is actually a long history of abstract art in the prairies.
"Mary Reid (curator) has identified four contemporary practitioners of abstraction in a province where the emphasis in contemporary art criticism has been placed on figuration, narrative, the abject, etc. This is a welcome corrective to the notion that abstraction has not been and is not important in this province."
Botar also singles out the moment that this artistic style appeared in Manitoba, "Since the arrival of American abstract painters such as Richard Bowman
to the School of Art
in the early 1950s, there has been steady production of significant abstract works in this province."SCENE
invited each of the four featured artists to describe one of their works.
Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Canadian, b. 1980, "Inspector (Inspector)", 2012, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 121.92 cm, courtesy of Battat Contemporary, photo courtesy of the artist
was born in Winnipeg. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. He is currently an instructor at the University of Manitoba.
This is his statement about his painting, Inspector (Inspector)
, belongs to an ongoing body of work. These paintings are made using a generative system of stencils that capture and re-distribute motifs amongst the paintings. The blue loops that slip across this painting's surface act like a surrogate for a viewer's gaze. They scan the painting's surface, en-framing and altering what they pass over. Conversely, the circular loops form a set of gaping eyes which return the stare, prompting a situation of reciprocal scrutiny." Reconfiguring Abstract Painting runs
from November 13 to January 11, 2013. The opening is on Thursday November 22
from 4 - 7 p.m.at the U. of M. School of Art.