Long Hole Heart
Opening reception: Thurs, Oct 17, 6-9 PM
Exhibition: Oct 17 – Nov 30, 2019
Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP
1129 East Hastings St.
Hours: Tu – Sat, 12-5
Wil Aballe Art Projects is pleased to present Long Hole Heart, an installation of new paintings and sculpture by New York-based artist Brian Kokoska. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Long Hole Heart showcases five new oil paintings by Kokoska, alongside a custom, life-sized wishing well sculpture. A continuum on the artist’s previous full-room monochromatic installations, this exhibition revolves around landscape paintings which refer to his youth growing up in rural British Columbia.
His fascination with folklore, sentimentality and horror sensibilities collide with art historical landscape painting references and personal narratives to form a darkly romanticized take on figuration alongside nature.
Renditions of 2 audio works, Adriana Caselotti’s “I’m Wishing” (1937) – made popular in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – and Elvis Presley’s “My Wish Came True” (1957), have further inspired Kokoska’s mystical portrayal of the wishing well.
BRIAN KOKOSKA is a New York-based artist working with painting, sculpture and installation. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2010. His work has been exhibited internationally including Foxy Production (New York), Rod Bianco (Oslo), Chateau Du Fey (Burgundy), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Loyal (Stockholm), Musée des Beaux-Arts (Mons), Arcadia Missa (London), Valentin (Paris) and Frank F Yang Art and Education Foundation (Shenzhen).