Steph Krawchuk: BUILDING BLOCKS
Reception: Saturday, May 30th, 2pm
May 30 – June 25, 2015
Art Placement is pleased to present this first solo exhibition by Steph Krawchuk, an emerging, Saskatoon-based artist who has exhibited her work in group and feature shows at the gallery since 2011. Recalling some of the stylistic touchstones of Fauvism and German Expressionism, Krawchuk’s paintings are characterized by vivid, inventive colour, bold linear elements, and reduced forms.
Krawchuk regularly explores a range of subjects in her work, including people, interiors, still-lifes, and urban cityscapes. Gathering as much information as she can from observation, she then reduces her subjects to their most basic elements, retaining only the details that are absolutely necessary. We are left with strikingly concise compositions that are at once familiar and novel, instantly recognizable but rendered according to Krawchuk’s unmistakably personal vision.
In addition to several new cityscapes, this exhibition also unveils an exciting
new series of non-objective works on paper and canvas in which Krawchuk gives
explicit focus to the formal elements that have always characterized her style.
Although it is tempting to view these works as further simplifications of observed
forms, in fact they are not. Completely non-objective, improvised and developed
according to their own visual logic, these abstract paintings completely ignore
the world of real objects and focus solely on the interplay of line, shape,
colour and texture. Lively and whimsical, the works retain the spontaneity and
discovery inherent in their making. The surface, sometimes thick and heavy from
intense reworking, becomes a visual record of the search for resolution. Despite
the distinct focus and character of each series, the two bodies of work nonetheless
highlight the common elements that unite all of Krawchuk's explorations.
Art of Subtraction - an interview with Steph Krawchuk about
her recent work by Amanda Leigh at yxeart.wordpress.com