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Dy Fjalë për… Robert Kananaj Gallery

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image Faruk Myrtaj

Faruk Myrtaj

Dy Fjalë për…

Robert Kananaj Gallery

 

“…witty, and pretty, and (darkly, insinuatingly, dangerously, hilariously) queer…”!

Mbase kështu mund ta cilësojmë shijen me të cilën ftohen, arrijnë dhe shijohen ata artistë nga vende të ndryshme e kultura të ndryshme të botës, që vijnë e shfaqin punët e tyre në “Robert Kananaj Gallery” në Toronto, Canada.

“…tërheqëse, të gëzueshme, plotë humor e të këndëshme, por edhe ca kërcënuese, thumbuese, grricëse, pak të liga, me insinuata, pse jo edhe të rrezikshme, duke mbetur të gëzueshme, në befasitë e tyre…”, do kishim të drejtë ta shqipëronim këtë frazë shkëputur nga teksti mw poshtë. 

Robert Kananaj, i pohuar mes kolegëve të vet, I pranishëm deri shtatë vite më parë në galeri të ndryshme edhe të New Jorkut, Torontos etj, shënoi këto ditë shtatë vjetorin e galerisë nën emrin e tij në Toronto.

Bashkëshortja e tij, që mbase rastësisht, por sigurisht si fat, quhet edhe ajo Roberta (ndaj dhe përdorin “Po shkojmë tek Dy Robertët”!) është njera nga dy gjysmat me të njëjtin shpirt që mban në eficiencë këtë qendër arti të veçantë dhe mendjehapur. 

Aty ndjehen si në shtëpinë e tyre edhe shqiptarët, krijues dhe vizitorë, por edhe më mirë do të ndjeheshin nëse do të mirësevinin si qytetarë të botës e dashamirës të artit,  sa më të vetëdijshëm për mbijetesë nën vetë-kontroll dhe trishtim të bukur botëror!

Faruk Myrtaj

Robert Kananaj Gallery

7th Anniversary RKG

26 July - 18 August, 2018

Photography, installation, sculpture, painting and drawing

Artist residency; gallery working place is part of the show

Reception; Thursday 26 July, 2018, 5-8pm

The seventh year of Robert Kananaj Gallery’s journey features the artists: Anton Shebetko, Bruce Eves, Oscar Figueroa, Kee Ip, and the artist in residence Raffael Antonio Iglesias, also  showing works by Silvia Argiolas, Arif Lushi, Natalia Laluq, Daniel Segrove, Gon Bregu, Francesco Albano, Michael Davey, Silvia Mei and Andre C. Pifaro.

Anton Shebetko is a Ukranian artist and photographer highlighted in the exhibition by showing for the first time in full "Common People", a series of distorted portraits of Ukrainian closeted gays..

Perhaps the situation in Ukraine is not as deplorable as in countries where homosexuality is criminally punishable. But, being in the "grey zone", gays deny the struggle, avoid Pride events, prefer "not to advertise" and sometimes even use openly homophobic rhetoric. The Ukrainian gay community consists mostly of closeted gays...

...The portrait is often perceived as one of the most honest genres of photography. It should reveal the personality and character of a human. The destruction of the portraits, hiding the faces of the heroes, is a symbolic act. - Anton Shebetko, 2018

Anton Shebetko is based in Amsterdam, where he works with LGBTQ-related topics. His project "Pleshka" about the old meeting places of the Kyiv gay community was shown at the Festival of Young Ukrainian Artists at the Mystetskyi Arsenal in 2017. His latest project “We Were Here” was made as a result of an art residency organized by KyivPride and Izolyatsia Foundation in Kyiv. His series of staged portraits of LGBTQ soldiers and volunteers who took part in the war in eastern Ukraine, became part of the 2018 KyivPride media campaign.

 

Oscar Figueroa:  Slides

This body of work sketches around the idea of movement and what its potential could look like. Symbols of continuous movement are fragmented, or paused, suspended, frozen, cut off, isolated, and blinded. Fragmenting images of movement is a peculiar idea to me; it almost seems surreal to understand something moving and not moving at the same time, and in a way this series seems to visualize philosophical ideas about how movement could be understood.

The idea of movement presented as the slide is an especially interesting motif for me. The entire ‘journey’ of movement is literally presented at the line that constructs the slide itself—from the top of the slide that continues to the bottom, the decline presents the immediate direction where an object would travel. To me, this is a hauntingly beautiful image—forever able to predict the direction of movement, and ever-present as a gesture, a static ‘ghost-movement’. - Oscar Figueroa, 2018 

Oscar Figueroa (b. 1990) has been exhibiting with Robert Kananaj Gallery since his graduation from OCADU in 2013. Oscar currently lives and works in Toronto.

 

Kee Ip:  Nine Squares and Zeta 2 projection

Note:1. 

A perfect squared rectangle of order n is a rectangle that can be tiled into exactly n squares, all of different sizes.  It is said to be simple if it does not contain a smaller squared rectangle.

Note 2.    

The Riemann zeta function evaluated at 2 is the infinite sum given by:

Having been trained as a mathematician, I cannot help thinking about mathematics when I embark on the creative process.  For me, art lies in the same domain as abstract mathematics and finds its expression through order and geometry.  My recent projects 9 Squares and Zeta 2 both started with simple mathematical phenomena.  In my 9 Squares paintings, the geometric order of the simple perfect squared rectangle of order 9 is accentuated by colour/non-colour fields.  And in my Zeta 2 projection, the digits of π are translated into a sequence of seemingly random colours.  Not everyone wishes to understand the mathematical ideas behind these projects.  It is my hope that at least the aesthetics of mathematics are perchance perceived. - Kee Ip, 2018

 

Bruce Eves:

“Work # 1000: Some Things Hidden (Fig Leaves)” Bruce Eves, recipient of the 2018 Governor-General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual and Media Arts, presents a newly completed work as part of the 7th Anniversary Exhibit at the Robert Kananaj Gallery.

“Work # 1000: Some Things Hidden (Fig Leaves)” (2018) is, at first glance, light and summery. Life-sized fig leaves are strewn over an eight-foot expanse, simultaneously evoking very late Matisse and very early Warhol (before becoming “Andy”). Closer scrutiny, however, uncovers something far more subversive – the fig leaf, of course, was the go-to trope for every censoring erotophobe, and whispered across the central panel is “Forty-Eight Naked Men and Boys”. This strategy – whether used for ironic, disruptive, or illustrative reasons – is a device Eves has used regularly. The most high-profile example of this is his 2010 “Work # 808: Leviticus (Updated)” that recently commanded pride of place at the National Gallery of Canada.

Mounted flush to the white gallery wall, the three laser prints on vinyl mounted on 1/8” PVC, “Work # 1000: Some Things Hidden (Fig Leaves)” challenges the long-standing notion of the frame of reference.

To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim, this is a work that is witty, and pretty, and (darkly, insinuatingly, dangerously, hilariously) queer.

 

Artist Residency: Raffael Antonio Iglesias.

RKG's seventh anniversary includes the artist residency of Raffael Antonio Iglesias as a part of the exhibition.   

The artist is using the gallery as a studio, a place where will be conceived and produced artwork to conclude in a solo exhibition. This area, first starting as a functioning studio, will continue to exist in the new context of the next show.

This residency is to collaborate with a practice that roots its potential in the nature of the individual, one who has been exposed to and active in a way of living and thinking, acting and reflecting, understanding and participating. The potential of the residency is eclectic. The inner nature is embraced, focused with the comfort zone facing the  uncomfortable, in artistic practice as in life. The mediums involved are painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and martial arts.

Our mailing address is:

Robert Kananaj Gallery

172 St Helens Avenue Toronto, Ont. M6H 4A1

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416 289 8855

www.robertkananajgallery.com

info@robertkananajgallery.com

Comments (1 posted):

Vangjush Saro on 02/08/2018 04:11:03
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Faruk, pershendetje. I vleresoj shenimet e tua te herahershme, sikunder krijimtarine tende letrare, sepse shoh ne to nje profesionalizem dhe seriozitet qe shumekund mungon ne keto kohe; edhe pse kushtet ishin qe ne menyre institucionale, letrat, kritika, vleresimet per artin dhe njerezit e dukurite, te ishin me per te qene. Ne menyre te vecante, perben vlere vemendja ndaj krijuesve dhe ekspozuesve qe punojne ne kushte konkurence reale dhe ne nje bote te madhe, te veshtire, (edhe pse e tille qe ofron alternativa). Suksese çiftit ne fjale - sa bukur: Robert e Roberta - mbaresi edhe per muzen tende qe perhere veçon dhe inspiron... (Lexova edhe shkrimin per z. T. Merkuri. Me pelqeu.) Perqafime.

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