PATRYK STASIECZEK: BURN OUT
JANUARY 21, 2016 – FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, January 21, 7-9 PM
ARTIST TOUR OF EXHIBITION: Saturday, January 30, 2 PM
Wil Aballe Art Projects begins 2016 with the much anticipated, Burn Out, a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based visual artist Patryk Stasieczek. Bordered by electric grid, his installations of photographic light are paintings in the moment, photographs without a camera, an aim of light that bears witness to experience. Inside the gallery walls, photograms exact a dispersal of gestures that bounce chromatic adaptation into an installation of industrialized forms, an atmospheric array of colour. Stasieczek convinces idea into a cross light of order, arranging ready-made objects that simulate as solid frame for alchemic events. The image becomes from inside a dark room, but prefers to live within the filter of light as threshold that engages the sharpness of experience.
Through ballast, florescent bulb, electricity, and photogram these works exist amid histories of privilege, light as installation, photoconceptualism, optics, and minimalist painting. Stasieczek’s revisionist approach reexamines a context within modes of production used in professional labs, this approach becomes a conceptual toolkit for this systematic, yet subversive technician. The ink from inkjet printers are outside their confines, reimagined as photogram, lifted onto canvas despite their own fleeting deprecation. Burn Out stares back at photography’s insistence upon tradition, while offering a ring to stand inside its ever-transforming existence.
A critical poetic essay penned by Felicia E. Gail will be available in a limited print-run opening night.
PATRYK STASIECZEK (b. 1984) is a visual artist living in Vancouver, BC. He holds a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design where he investigated the ontological relationships between photographic acts, objects and experiences. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and philosophy from Concordia University in Montréal, QC. He is the active director and co-curator of Gallery 295, a young gallery located in the heart of Vancouver’s art district that focuses on emerging contemporary photographic practices and dialogues. He also works as a photographic lab technician at The Lab, and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He has exhibited nationally within Canada, participating in exhibitions at Access Gallery, Galerie Les Territoires, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Eastern Bloc, FIELD Contemporary, and the FOFA Gallery. His work has been published both nationally and abroad, and was featured on the cover of Hong-Kong based Pipeline Magazine’s 2014 Juried Photography Issue. Patryk is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects.