11.20.2014 – 12.11.2014
RAÚL AGUILAR CANELA – MARVIN LUVUALU ANTONIO – SELINA DOROSHENKO – CARLY MARK – AIDAN PONTARINI – TEAM MACHO – SIMONE BLAIN
A preview: an invitation, an opening, a framing of sorts. A trial in formal and social
connectivity that situates itself somewhere in between the twin poles of order and chaos. A forum available to frankness, darkness, humour, cross-pollination, and play. A
pragmatic exercise in chance. A foundational mapping of space and place. The start of
something. An initiation of exchange.
Comprising a geographic and aesthetic nexus that connects Montreal, Toronto, and New
York City, the seven artists in Gallery CK2’s inaugural show, Preview, share a common
interest in the subversion of forms of popular iconography. Working in small-scale, two-
dimensional editions, their drawn and painted visualizations of people, places, and things find their roots in a kind of ambivalent academicism, concomitantly considering the implications of size, media, frame, and support.
Finding a sweet fortuity in their nominally paired initials (Creaghan/Kirsh), this knowing wink to the popular locates another playful if pointed interest in disrupting and questioning the implications of the aesthetics of the everyday. Encompassing a platform for open and candid discussion of all-sorts, Preview hopes to explore the shared dynamic of the group show irrespective of any particular scene-oriented mandate.
Text by Anastasia Howe-Bukowski