Aleks Bartosik -- it's not safe in the rabbit hole

March 21, 2012 to April 14, 2012

representation: La Petite Mort Gallery

Exhibition Statement

I am interested in human experience and relationships that us beings have with each other, with ourselves, and with nature. For this exhibition I mainly focus on the means of communication and the challenges, fears and pleasures that come with it. When dealing with relationships with ourselves, I lean towards mythology and imaginary beings and beasts to exemplify how our thoughts can quickly run away with us, thus challenging the viewer’s ability and willingness to imagine pretend, dream and suspend disbelief. If you are not afraid of the dark, I would like to take you by the hand and lead you into my pictorial creations that will take you to places you have never been and show you things you have never seen.

Artist Biography

Aleks Bartosik presently lives and works from her studio in Toronto. She obtained her BFA degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (2001) and her MFA degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec (2005). She is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2004 and 2007) for her figurative painting and has also been awarded the Ontario Arts Council Grant (2007, 2010, 2011) and the William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship (2004). As part of Bartosik’s research and artistic development, she is an active participant in artist residencies all over the world.

Bartosik’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Canada (British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta), USA, Germany, Italy, Japan and Brazil. Her work was featured in two important group exhibitions in Canada: "The Drawing Show" at Arthouse in Calgary (AB, 2007) and in the "Canadian Contemporary Figurative Art Exhibition" at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (ON, 2006).

Bartosik’s work is represented by La Petite Mort Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario) and is collected by Headbones Gallery (Vernon, British Columbia). A catalogue of her work can be viewed on-line on the Headbones Gallery website. Presently, Bartosik is employed at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a painting and drawing instructor.