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view just some of the work planned for the show

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Showing until April 28, 2014

at VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY IN POWELL RIVER, BC

  "It can't be helped: Shoganai"

A collection of mixed media mostly abstract works by Powell River's Giovanni Spezzacatena (MFA)

Giovanni uses acrylic, beeswax, clay, ink, silk, copper, wood, buttons and other found objects in his colourful work that has an element of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, of which Shoganai (or its more formal Shikata ga nai--an acceptance of things passing and beyond our control) is just one aspect.The work plays with colour, texture, basic curvilinear forms and chance operations, which keep one hand in representation, while not being ruled by it. The cradled wood panels allow him to work in depth as well as surface, using scraped, painted, scratched, distressed, polished and applied elements, while being able to build up layers of colour through the use of sgraffito and wax resist methods more familiar to the world of pottery and sculpture.

Throughout, the artist keeps a light touch and a collage aesthetic that navigates between comic art, abstract expressionist art, dada, arte povera, outsider art, and even a bit of science fiction/fantasy if you look closely. It's an eclectic bunch assortment and his first large-scale solo show in BC. ContactGiovanni@rabideye.com

 


 

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