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Alex Kisilevich New Works Opening Reception
ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present New Works, a new solo exhibition by photo-based artist ALEX KISILEVICH. The exhibition runs in the west gallery and the project room from June 13 to July 5, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 14, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
The photographs of Alex Kisilevich abound in clever reconfigurings of everyday objects to produce new and often absurd meanings. Playfully blending medium and materiality, in his latest work Kisilevich extends his photographic practice, exploring the ideas of photograph as painting, photograph as sculpture and photograph as video.
Kisilevich reveals the beautiful and the quirky in the mundane. Carpet under padding, used in previous works as a backdrop, moves to the foreground in a series of photographs that reveal the painterly quality of this literally downtrodden material. From a distance the series appears to be painting on canvas, and this confounding of boundaries is a thread that runs throughout the exhibition. A photo-sculpture sits on a gallery bench. An electrical receptacle in the gallerys wall becomes part of a photograph. These strange behaviors recall the dark humour of that most philosophical of surrealists, Ren Magritte.
In a new video work, Kisilevich uses the simplest of means and materials to achieve startlingly poetic results. What appears to be a still photograph of a swath of radiant material slowly comes to life as an unseen current activates the subject, causing it to breath and change colour and texture, like a chameleon.
In another video, Walker, the protagonist is a medical aide, a class of objects Kisilevich calls upon to evoke the vulnerable body. An abandoned walker, shimmering in its own prepared costume, performs a solo dance with all the grace its ungainly form can muster. The music, Saint Saenss The Swan, is performed on a theremin, adding an anachronistic element to the strangely touching proceedings. In Kisilevichs world, absurd is beautiful.
Alex Kisilevich has an MFA in Visual arts from York University and BFAs in Music York University and Photographic Arts OCAD. He was the 2009 national winner of the BMO 1st Art Invitational, and his work has been featured in publications such as Magenta Foundations Flash Forward, BlackFlash Magazine and Canadian Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, Angell Gallery, Lianzhou in China, and has been in group shows in Boston, Portland, London UK, and Kiyosato in Japan.