Blanket Contemporary Gallery: Eli Bornowsky

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Eli Bornowsky

June 9 – July 16, 2011

Opening Reception Thursday June 9 6-9pm

Blanket is very pleased to present a solo show by Eli Bornowsky. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Over the last year, Bornowsky has departed from his iconic and austere color paintings to explore new structures and a wide range of motifs. His acclaimed solo exhibition at the Western Front in 2010 (curated by Jesse McKee) marked the beginning of this departure. For this exhibition Bornowsky continues his new trajectory of abstract oil painting diptychs and includes a group of works entitled Reading. Originally commissioned by the Walrus magazine (June, 2011) Reading has grown into a small body of intimate gouache painting and balsa wood constructions.

Interested in how to apprehend an experience before signification, Bornowsky makes intuition a stake in his work, not only for himself as an artist, but also for the viewer. Here intellection is as important as sensation, and the work draws a tension between thinking and seeing. It is within this tension that he sees (and reads) potential for subjective freedom and awareness, not to mention pleasure. It is a poetic, philosophical and phenomenal tension. In Bornowsky’s work the hierarchy of the compositions are intentionally uncertain, allowing the viewer freedom to navigate the composition, pushing and pulling his or her own perception against a composition that is always in flux. It has been Bornowsky’s ethic to develop pictures that allow the viewer to arrive at understandings of their own, to use each picture, in other words, as a tool, to experience reality.

Bornowsky’s formative influence was music. In his youth he was trained as a classical trumpet player but quickly moved into, computer music, free jazz, minimalism and noise. Listening continues to inform Bornowsky’s practice and is often used as a way to begin to learn the language of his pictures. In 2008, Bornowsky curated the exhibition Making Real at the Or Gallery where he worked with the artist Richard Tuttle. Tuttle’s influence on Bornowsky’s work is apparent in the way each artist reflects on the relation between abstract forms and language and the kind of practical mysticism that keeps the spiritual present while acknowledging the difference between artistic and the spiritual approaches.

A native of Alberta, Bornowsky received his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2005. His work has appeared at galleries and institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Western Front, Vancouver the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta among others. Bornowsky was shortlisted for RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

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