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Andrew Valko, "Surveillance," Acrylic on Panel, 21" x 21", 2013.
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"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not… Ask Siri"
Andrew Valko, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not… Ask Siri," acrylic on wood, 20" x 33", 2013.
Winnipeg-based Andrew Valko studied printmaking extensively and continues to employ print techniques in acrylic painting. Working on wood, he uses a router and carves into the material creating textures that reinforce the act of painting. What often results are soft finishes and meticulously painted subjects imbued with cool, diffused lighting.
Valko’s illustrative realist paintings take up themes from contemporary culture: static drive-in cinemas of a bygone era, extraterrestrial activity and youth culture in the digital age. In this exhibition, Valko confronts viewers with his signature voyeuristic impulse. The gaze is cast on the “selfie” generation and its penchant for self-imaging and yearning for meaningful social connection. Valko’s voyeuristic gaze acts as a mirror of reflection that invites viewers to assess the meaning of privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude in the digital age.
Andrew Valko has worked in printmaking, portraiture and painting for the last three decades. Valko has had solo exhibitions at various galleries all over Canada. In addition, Valko’s work has been published and reviewed in various publications such as Border Crossings, The New Yorker Magazine, Asian Art News, Canadian Art, Galleries West Magazine, The Globe and Mail, among others. His work can be found in the collections of The Canada Council Art Bank, the Manitoba Art Council, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Royal Canadian Mint and the Canada Post Corporation and more. He has been represented by the Douglas Udell Gallery since the mid-90s.
Opening date: February 22nd, 2014. 2-4 pm
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