Ian August, "Factory (detail)," 2013, mixed media, 12" x 29' x 24'. Courtesy of the artist.
IAN AUGUST - "BUILD THEM"
Winnipeg artist Ian August reflects on the rise and fall of the 20th century Bauhaus movement – one of the biggest influences on modernist architecture – in Build Them, which includes oil paintings on canvas, three-dimensional maquettes and video inspired by his research in Europe. August is interested in modernist theory and notes that architecture and design students at the Bauhaus school in Germany were often taught by abstract painters. “I am eager to take concrete structures that were rooted in abstract painting theory and translate them back into painting,” says August, who completed a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Toronto’s York University in 2011. He uses wood, paper and everyday items to construct scale models of buildings, documenting them in photographs or videos to create source material for paintings that seek to subvert modernism’s concern with ideal forms.
Nov. 7 to Dec. 7 at Gallery 1C03 in Winnipeg