Phil Delisle, Sharon Katz, Michael Markowsky, Natasha Mazurka & Duane Slick

Opening Reception: March 2 at 7pm (tonight!)


Admission is free and Open to All!

Painting – the act and the physical work – can create slippages between high and low, product and object, and/or process and action. The intangible act, while manifested in the physical work, can the underlying or overt purpose to the work itself. Some would argue that painting as a medium of expression in Canada has largely been regulated to the space of the commercial gallery or the hand of the amateur. Yet, these are just a couple of the ‘places’ that painting occupies; professional artists continue to compel the medium as attested to by the large number who are choosing this medium. The artists in this exhibition challenge and push through action, form, and ideology what the idea of a ‘painting’ can or should be in unexpected and unique ways.

BIOGRAPHIES

Phil DELISLE is a painter exploring various methods for representing artistic process. His works explore the conventions of framing; often having many paintings within paintings. In recent works he has sought to leave evidence of process by allowing areas to be fragmented or suggestive. Phil is currently an MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Sharon KATZ is a visual artist working in animated and still imagery. Her day job is pursuing the heady elixir of art, whatever that is at any given moment. Her work can be found screening at film festivals, fixed to the walls of various corporations and institutions, and floating around in cyberspace. Katz currently resides in Ottawa.

Michael MARKOWSKY 
makes drawings and paintings while riding inside or on top of moving cars, buses, boats, trains and airplanes. Recently, Michael was named one of Canada’s official new ‘war artists’; he will travel to the north pole with the Air Force in April 2012. He attended the Alberta College of Art, Cooper Union (New York), the Royal College of Art (London), and Art Center (Los Angeles) where he obtained his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002. He lives in Vancouver.

Natasha MAZURKA obtained a Master of Fine Art from Concordia University, where she was the recipient of the J.W. McConnell Fellowship. Mazurka is the recipient of grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. She has participated in residencies including the Brucebo Fine Art Residency (Gotland, Sweden), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and DAïMON (Gatineau, QC). She has shown her work locally and internationally, and her paintings are held in collections such as the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection and the Canadian Fine Art Collection of Gotland, Sweden. Upcoming exhibitions include Modern Fuel, Kingston, and the Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa. Mazurka teaches in the Fine Art department at Algonquin College.

Duane SLICK was born in Iowa and is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa, His mother is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Nebraska. Slick’s works have been described as “dream paintings whose aim is the exploration of matters spiritual, not physical.” One source of inspiration for his work is loss and memory. He received a BFA in painting and a BA in art education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls and completed an MFA in painting at the University of California, Davis. Slick has exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco.  He is a Professor of Painting and serves as the Director of the Graduate Painting Program at the Rhode Island School of Design.