Peeling walls, catalogue numbers and old items have become a trademark of Dim Yuz’s works.
“This paint, these walls, live on inside the memory -the sphere of longevity. The oil paint once dabbed on the walls of houses tended to peel away, leaving the wall as a dented, chipped-away-at-skin surface. This sight is cemented by Yuz in his paintings, with a seemingly notalgia-free gaze, which nevertheless retains within a kind of childhood memory that cannot be erased, stirring a sense of longing, as childhood memories do, harsh though they may be”
Contemplation of Dim Yuz’s works evokes a sense of empathy among those of us who grew up in Israel, Russia and almost anywhere on the globe.
Motifs such as the tricycle and spinning top which most of us played with and grew up on, highlight the huge gap between the analogic generation of games on the one hand and the digital generation of screens on the other, communicating mixed feelings to the observer, regarding the end of the age of innocence and whoever was lucky enough to experience this extinct quality.
“Existential Space” is a sequel to the artist’s previous exhibition “Full Scale”, where old items like the umbrella, sink and telephone were displayed as details in the overall picture. In his new works, however, the artist opts to feature the very same items as a key motif, augmenting them and having them take centre stage. The composition gives a sense of 3D, as evident in the typewriter work; at a first, misleading glance, the machine seems to come out of the painting and it is almost like you can tap on its keys.
Some of the new works feature memo pages with inscription in Russian, its letter faded, testimonies to the passage of time, simulating the things that the artist wanted to remember but forgot. Only half-words remain of that childhood period in The Ukraine, half-sentences and lost items. This period, just like the items, is gone forever. It is only the memory recorded on canvas that remains as testimony to its existence.
Peter A. Barelkowski, born in Poland to a business family always rebelled against their established codes. He started experimenting in painting in the 70’s and in 1975 he established his first studio.
His art education began with an MA from the University of Poznan and continued at Goldsmith College (Poznan, Poland), Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1985 – 1988) and less formally – in London, England ( Camden Arts Centre ) and Norway, where he was street performing for tourists during the late 70’s.
His work has been about human conditions like isolation and alienation. Creating a paradox between his joyful colours and darker subject matter, his paintings attempt to play with our ideas around sadness. As a form of subtle escapism, the figures in his paintings are depicted in a one dimensional, cartoonish style – with almost grotesque undertones.
His paintings are in private collections in Europe, USA and Canada. His studio is currently located in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
“Adapting a visual language of grotesque and satire, Barelkowski effectively confronts the rationalism of historical perspective with the absurdity of political powers that repeatedly throws humanity into the haunting dance macabre of war and annihilation. Although, deriving from specific historical events, Barelkowski’s works convey a universal message, uncomfortably actual when applied to contemporary history”.
– Anna Stanisz, Curator of Education at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
- The Artist Project 2012, Toronto, March 1—4, 2012
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Salon 6 Show , January 4 – 29, 2012
- Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project, Intersecting Messages, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, September 28-October 9 , 2011
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, 15 Years -Anniversary Exhibition, August 17—28, 2011
- Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Museum, Toronto
- The 2011 OSA Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works, July 13 – 24, 2011
- The Painting Award Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition ( TOAE ), juried, Toronto, July 8— 10, 2011
- Arta Gallery, Distillery Historic District, Toronto, “I Paint”, ,June 2—14, 2011
- The Artist Project Toronto, Toronto, March 3—6, 2011
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, The Black and White Ball, February 16—27, 2011
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Scapes, February 2—13, 2011
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Salon Show, January 12 – 30, 2011
- Arta Gallery, Distillery Historic District, Toronto, “It’s that moment of expression”, November 18 – 29, 2010
- Workman Arts , Toronto, Face it Head On: Self-Portrait Redefined , November 6 -13, 2010
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Nuit Blanche Project, Face it Head On: Self-Portrait Redefined , September 29 – October 10, 2010
- Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition ( TOAE ), juried, Toronto, July 9—July 11, 2010
- Propeller Gallery, Main Gallery, Toronto, Solo Exhibition—”Come Play With Us ( An Invitation To Our Horrors) “, April 14—25, 2010
- Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario, OSA 138th members juried exhibition “Being in Time”, April 11—June 6, 2010
- John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Society of Artists juried show “Cause & Effect”, March 30—April 23, 2010
- New York Art Expo 2010, New York, Solo, March 25—28, 2010
- Toronto Artists Project 2010 ( TAP ), juried, Toronto, March 4—7, 2010
- Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Salon Show, January 3—17, 2010
- John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, OSA New Members Exhibition, December 1, 2009—January 8, 2010