Above: Adam Giroux, Transaction5 (detail) 2018, Oil on Board

Adam Giroux, Our Transactions, Solo Pieces

February 22th 2018

We are excited to announce the return of Gallery House artist Adam Giroux for a second solo exhibition of his evocative and transcendent work.

“The work I’m preparing is about relationships between people and what myself and others choose to give and take when building connections. When we establish a friendship/romantic partner/business partner, we select the attributes we like about the other person, but sometimes expect the entirety to be as fulfilling as the select pieces. I’m hoping to examine the little offerings in isolation, without the corruption or context of the whole. It’s all about the tiny little transactions between people; exchanging a touch on the forearm for a kind word, or the body-language associated with disappointment in response to a forgotten obligation.”

Giroux’s haunting, muted portraits of nameless individuals tell of the subjects’ perspectives toward willpower and the idealized self through cryptic symbolism and personal metaphors. These themes are presented in large oil paintings, blending both dark realism and abstraction into works that invite the viewer to view and evaluate their fixations through a different lens as he evaluates his own life in parallel. Continuing where he left off in his last solo show Locus, Giroux explores the boundaries of obsession and identity; referencing past pieces, subtracting elements, isolating individual components in oil and in other elements and different surfaces.

 

                                          Above: Jana Brike, work in progress (detail) 2018, Oil on Canvas

Jana Brike, Summer of the Festive Wallflower

April 7, 2018

We are excited to announce a solo show of Jana Brike’s colourful, disturbing and bittersweet work.

I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can  this great love be inside me?

Look at your eyes. They are small,
but they see enormous things.

                                                                                                                                                – Rumi

Jana Brike’s art, bursting with summer colour light, obsessively documents dreams, loves, longing, pain; the vast range of emotions that the human condition offers and how growing up and self-discovery can transcend them all. Her work, with it’s strong narrative and youthful figures, is a poetic visual auto-biography inspired by folklore, fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting. With her work, she creates an eerily forbidden world with secret imagery and mystical, almost religious tones that are grounded in nature and the haunted cloud of soviet brutality.

Brike was born in 1980 in Riga, Latvia. She studied classical painting at the Art Academy of Latvia receiving her M.A. degree in 2005. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1996 and she has had more than 13 solo exhibitions and nearly 100 other project and group exhibitions. While she paints mainly in oils on canvas, she has also explored drawing, animation, mixed media sculpture, installation and digital art.

 

These visual poems blend together the beauty and cruelty of life, its preciousness and

fleetingness, lushness and decay, birth and death and the bittersweetness that comes

through aware witnessing of it all.”