Robert Dmytruk - Transmissions

 

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This catalog was created for the exhibition titled “Robert Dmytruk - Transmissions” at Headbones Drawers Gallery, Vernon, BC Canada, February 14 - March 17, 2013

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the drawers headbones gallery contemporary drawing sculpture and works on paper robert dmytruk transmissions february 14 march 17 2013 headbones gallery

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artist catalog robert dmytruk transmissions copyright © 2013 headbones gallery this catalog was created for the exhibition titled robert dmytruk transmissions at headbones drawers gallery vernon bc canada february 14 march 17 2013 artwork copyright © robert dmytruk 2009 2013 robert dmytruk transmissions commentary by julie oakes copyright © 2013 julie oakes rich fog micro publishing printed in vernon 2013 layout and design richard fogarty printed on the ricoh spc 811dn all rights reserved no part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical including photocopying and recording or by any information storage or retrieval system except as may be expressly permitted by the 1976 copyright act or in writing from headbones gallery requests for permission to use these images should be addressed in writing to robert dmytruk c/o headbones gallery www.headbonesgallery.com isbn 978-1-926605-59-3 rich fog micro publishing

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robert dmytruk transmissions commentary by julie oakes

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robert dmytruk transmissions the okanagan has seen an influx of master artists in the past ten years john and joice hall david alexander janet cardiff and georges bures miller and robert dmytruk is the latest addition to the valley s talent pool his work is informed by place and tells a story of location dmytruk having accomplished a move from edmonton where he had a full working career has built a stunning work/live studio in summerland he embraces this new period with its liberation of time and space allowing him to access a psychological and physical distance that refreshes his work just as landscape painting references geographical places so dmytruk is representing a location but whereas traditional landscape painting attempts to connect with the location through depiction dmytruk attempts to understand the location through telling the story of it his father owned a piece of land by a lake 20 x 5 kilometers in alberta it was on range road #52 the number appears in many of the works on the shore was a coal-fuelled power plant over the years three more power plants were built which necessitated strip mining beside the lake in order to fuel the plants with coal the lake was a land locked lake made from rain water and with the mountains of tailings from the lakeside mines leeching into the lake it became polluted visually it was blackened muddied and swimming was most times disallowed night and day it was a work site with lights blaring while vehicles with huge tires rolling across the surface of the land devastated it dmytruk used to sketch there he didn t stay beside the lake he lived most of his life in edmonton where he taught at concordia college was a teacher and administrator at the victoria school of fine arts and art consultant to the edmonton school district he lived an urban life style in a city that was consuming electricity that was probably coming from the very power plants that had

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headbones gallery 2012 polluted the lake where he had been drawing the lake which in turn fuelled his paintings when he turned to abstraction he says that he would attack the canvases with physicality much like the energy of pollution overtaking the colourful snippets of life dmytruk wonders if the paintings aren t a show of guilt the story that dmytruk tells over and over again has caught hold he is consumed with it each piece is as individual as a personal drama yet as similar as the human condition he repeats a view pictured as if from above where an insistent blue-gray overtakes patches of vibrancy he has also seen the lake from a plane the paintings resemble topological maps story aside when medium paint and the exploration of it as mark-making becomes the image the painting becomes an entity unto itself abstract expressionism involves the artist at the time of making but it results in imagery which is no longer attached to the physical movements or subliminal story line of the artist just as a child is an entity absolutely unto itself while still carrying the genes and characteristics of the parents so

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now dmytruk is living beside another lake in the beautiful okanagan he has produced a powerful series that will find resonance here where the lakes are clean and the outlooks fresh his is a welcomed addition to a rich cultural milieu julie oakes 2013 the most impressive abstract work carries family identity these paintings are clearly recognised as dmytruks a prayer spoken in latin can suggest meaning without fully understanding the language so that it is an abstract meaning the initiated those who understand the abstract visual language can appreciate its richness and many nuances but the layman as well can find a point of entry dmytruk has a large visual vocabulary and he speaks volumes with his lines textures patches of colour and undulating toned-downed atmospheres his paintings are not messages of doom and gloom they are in fact playful lilting and without a didactic hidden agenda accepting the great opposites of our modern dilemma.

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urban mapping 1 2012 oil acrylic and charcoal on canvas 62 x 66

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urban mapping 2 2012 oil acrylic and charcoal on canvas 62 x 66

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urban mapping 3 2012 oil acrylic and charcoal on canvas 62 x 66

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