Jonathan Forrest - "Building Blocks of Colour"
Yechel Gagnon - "Midwinter Thaw"
Dianne Bos - "The Sleeping Green" & Book Signing
Rana Rochat - "Works on Paper"
Opening Receptions: Saturday, Oct 28, from 2-4PM
Selected Works by Mark Birksted
Unwound (Orange II), 2017
33 x 10 x 9 in.
Correction (2), 2017
Steel on wood base
27 x 10.5 x 10.5 in.
Hope (deep blue), 2017
23 x 9 x 11 in.
Recline (blue), 2017
18 x 22 x 12.5 in.
Entangled #8, 2016
41 x 9.5 x 12 in.
Unwound Series, Red #1, 2016
38.5 x 8 x 10 in.
Belt, Flat Black #6, 2016
38 x 28 x 6 in.
By questioning the concepts of line and balance, Birksted develops sculptural forms that do not follow logical criteria. Based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, the viewer is incited to make personal associations. While Birksted’s sculptures reference recognizable forms, the results are abstracted to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Luring the viewer round and round in circles, Birksted creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. By isolating subtle movements, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable dialogue with the viewer.
Birksted creates hand-bent metal sculptures that are a direct response to his frustrations with the digital world. The metal is bent at room temperature, using only an anvil. His philosophy is that "no bend can be undone – there is no ‘undo’ key". Trained as a graphic designer, Birksted has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada's most established sculptors.