11 January - 2 March 2013
"These are the first works I have accomplished that actually empty the viewers
mind. Acknowledging that seeing can be separate from the analytic, deductive
mind is difficult, but actually experiencing it is remarkable. Intuition has its own
way of connecting us to number, geometry, love and reality."
Bornowsky creates eccentric abstract paintings. Each body of work builds on
the ideas and experiences of the previous. His trajectory is one of careful, intuitive
reinvention; an evolving formal language arrived at through the experience of
making. This exhibition will present a collection of discrete relief assemblages. Each
shaped surface is mounted with wooden spheres, painted and drawn with gouache
and marker. The works take unusual cues from a diverse art historical repertoire.
For Bornowsky "there is something to be gleaned in almost every Art." In this case
he cites artists like Guston and Tuttle, but also renaissance painting, Islamic rugs,
tantric art, free Jazz and electronic music. Bornowsky will also present a site specific
collection of artist "frames" made specifically for this installation.
Born in Alberta Canada, Eli Bornowsky received his BFA in Visual Arts from the
Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver (2005) and is an MFA candidate at Bard College,
New York. In 2007 his paintings were shown in the group exhibition Gasoline
Rainbows at the Contemporary Art Gallery and he began working with the Blanket
Gallery with solo exhibitions in 2007, 2008 and 2011. In 2009 his work was included
in the exhibition Enacting Abstraction at the Vancouver Art Gallery and in 2010 he
exhibited Walking Square Cylinder Plane, a solo exhibition at the Western Front.
His critical texts have appeared in Fillip Review, C Magazine, Pyramid Power and
artist catalogues. The label Rundownsun has released a limited edition cassette of his
experimental audio projects. He has curated exhibitions for the Or Gallery including,
Making Real (2008), After Finitude (2012), and the ongoing Clamour and Toll, a series
of experimental music and performance. He currently resides in Vancouver.
Canadian Art review by Robert Linsley