ALEX BIERK

MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY

AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 17, 6-8PM

On Bethune St., 2017, gouache on paper, 9.5 x 10.25 in (approx.)

On Bethune St., 2017, gouache on paper, 9.5 x 10.25 in (approx.)

"Summertime skin, sun-faded colours, new life, trees pruned around power lines, freshly painted road lines, messages in graffiti, guard rails, construction, cigarettes, pills, factory windows, wildflowers, dusk, road signs, reflections, night, the moon, streetlights, people on porches, pink clouds, windows open, cut grass, skateboarders, kids, fast cars, burnt rubber tracks, back roads, young love, initials carved in wood, your tattoos, small town, rock and roll, relapse, overgrowth, death, shadows, beautiful light, summer air, fireworks, the water. 

When I'm driving through the city I notice how the colours have aged - faded greens, faded blacks that look green, inky blues, indigo skies, brick walls, steel, concrete, rust. My windshield gives everything a different hue, and the changes in the landscape make me feel changed.  Looking out can mean looking back. Something happens to the watercolour, too, as it’s laid and dries; it starts off black and ends up blue, or purple. It's unknown how it will turn out – sometimes how you've planned, and sometimes differently. I remember summertime and being a kid, and I see it all over again now, living where I grew up, the same scenes. Memory, memory, memory."  – Alex Bierk

 

 

Alex Bierk  (Born 1982, Peterborough, ON. Lives and works in Peterborough, ON, CANADA) has presented his paper works in exhibitions in Copenhagen, Paris and Stockholm. He recently completed a public mural project with the City of Peterborough, Ontario  and has a book was published this spring by Swimmers Group (Toronto, ON). His work is held in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Kingston Prize, a national bi-annual portrait competition, and has since been the recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and internationally as well as numerous art fairs: UNTITLED (MIAMI), Art Toronto, Papier 14 (Montreal). He lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario.

 

I want, 2017, ink on paper, 7 5/8 x 10.25 in.

I want, 2017, ink on paper, 7 5/8 x 10.25 in.

Memory, Memory, Memory, 2017, ink, gouache and pencil on paper, 8.25 x 6.5 in.

Memory, Memory, Memory, 2017, ink, gouache and pencil on paper, 8.25 x 6.5 in.

Pale Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10 1/8 x 8 in.

Pale Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10 1/8 x 8 in.

Green Memory, 2017, watercolour on paper, 8.25 x 10.5 in.

Green Memory, 2017, watercolour on paper, 8.25 x 10.5 in.

Screen Door, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 7 in.

Screen Door, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 7 in.

Rust window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10.25 x 7 1/8 in.

Rust window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10.25 x 7 1/8 in.

Green Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10.25 x 9 in.

Green Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10.25 x 9 in.

Fireworks on Little Lake, 2017, gouache on paper, 12.25 x 9 in.

Fireworks on Little Lake, 2017, gouache on paper, 12.25 x 9 in.

Ferris Wheel, 2017, india ink on paper, 1.25 x 8 in.

Ferris Wheel, 2017, india ink on paper, 1.25 x 8 in.

GE at dusk, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10.25 in. SOLD

GE at dusk, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10.25 in. SOLD

Maroon Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12 ¾ x 9.5 in.

Maroon Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12 ¾ x 9.5 in.

Lily Lake Road, 2017, gouache on paper, 11 x 14 5/8 in.

Lily Lake Road, 2017, gouache on paper, 11 x 14 5/8 in.

Study for Amanda in a black dress, 2014, gouache on paper, 10.25 x 7 ¾ in. SOLD

Study for Amanda in a black dress, 2014, gouache on paper, 10.25 x 7 ¾ in. SOLD

 Kids (Laundromat), 2017 ,ink on paper, 7-5/8th x 10 ¼ inches, ink on paper  

 Kids (Laundromat), 2017 ,ink on paper, 7-5/8th x 10 ¼ inches, ink on paper

 

Pappas, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10 ¼ inches

Pappas, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10 ¼ inches

Water tower, 2017, gouache on paper, 8-5/8th x 11 inches

Water tower, 2017, gouache on paper, 8-5/8th x 11 inches

Intergroup window, 2016, india ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches

Intergroup window, 2016, india ink on paper, 11 x 14 inches

Highway, (leaving), 2017, ink on paper, 7 x 10 ¼ inches

Highway, (leaving), 2017, ink on paper, 7 x 10 ¼ inches

Bridge Scene, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10 1/8 inches

Bridge Scene, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10 1/8 inches

 Abandoned window, 2017, india ink on paper, 9 1/8 x 8 inches

 Abandoned window, 2017, india ink on paper, 9 1/8 x 8 inches

I miss you, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7 1/8 x 11 inches

I miss you, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7 1/8 x 11 inches

Downtown, 2016, India ink on paper, 10 3/8th x 8 inches

Downtown, 2016, India ink on paper, 10 3/8th x 8 inches

May Moon, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 1/8th inches

May Moon, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 12 1/8th inches

Fireworks on Little Lake #2, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Fireworks on Little Lake #2, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Candle, 2017, gouache on paper, 10 7/8th x 8 inches

Candle, 2017, gouache on paper, 10 7/8th x 8 inches

Forerunners, 2017, gouache on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Forerunners, 2017, gouache on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Dusk study, 2017, ink on paper, 4 7/8th x 8 inches

Dusk study, 2017, ink on paper, 4 7/8th x 8 inches

Factory windows, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Factory windows, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Water Street Window, 2017, ink on paper, 13 x 8 ½ inches

Water Street Window, 2017, ink on paper, 13 x 8 ½ inches

May Fireworks, 2017, ink on paper, 9 x 12 ¼ inches

May Fireworks, 2017, ink on paper, 9 x 12 ¼ inches

The Pig’s Ear (Fuck the world), 2017, ink on paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches

The Pig’s Ear (Fuck the world), 2017, ink on paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches

Barn, 2017, ink on paper, 10 ½ x 13 ¼ inches

Barn, 2017, ink on paper, 10 ½ x 13 ¼ inches

Barn on the 115, 2017, ink on paper, 8-3/8th x 10-1/8th inches

Barn on the 115, 2017, ink on paper, 8-3/8th x 10-1/8th inches

Schoolyard wall, 2017, ink on paper, 6-5/8th x 11 inches

Schoolyard wall, 2017, ink on paper, 6-5/8th x 11 inches

Stewart St. (Shadow), 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Stewart St. (Shadow), 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Driving on the 115, 2017, india ink on paper, 7 ¾ x 10 1/8th inches

Driving on the 115, 2017, india ink on paper, 7 ¾ x 10 1/8th inches

Car Wash, 2017, gouache on paper, 6 x 8 inches

Car Wash, 2017, gouache on paper, 6 x 8 inches

Full moon, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 1/8th x 12 1/8th inches

Full moon, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 1/8th x 12 1/8th inches

Sepia sign, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10-1/8th x 7-7/8th inches  

Sepia sign, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10-1/8th x 7-7/8th inches

 

Headlights, 2017, gouache on paper,10 ¼ x 8 inches SOLD

Headlights, 2017, gouache on paper,10 ¼ x 8 inches SOLD

Tracks, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 8 ¼ inches

Tracks, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 8 ¼ inches

Aylmer Street, 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10 ¼ inches

Aylmer Street, 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10 ¼ inches

Upstairs window, 2017, ink on paper, 10 ¼ x 8 inches

Upstairs window, 2017, ink on paper, 10 ¼ x 8 inches

Rusty cloud, 2017, gouache on paper, 7-1/8th x 10-¼ inches

Rusty cloud, 2017, gouache on paper, 7-1/8th x 10-¼ inches

Rusty Cloud 2, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Rusty Cloud 2, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Summer Green, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7 ½ x 6 inches

Summer Green, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7 ½ x 6 inches

Sanded Cloud, 2017,sanded watercolour on paper,  8 x 10 inches

Sanded Cloud, 2017,sanded watercolour on paper,  8 x 10 inches

Highway, 2017, ink on paper, 7 ¾ x 10 ¼ inches

Highway, 2017, ink on paper, 7 ¾ x 10 ¼ inches

Self Portrait in studio, 2017,gouache on paper, 12 1/8th x 9 inches

Self Portrait in studio, 2017,gouache on paper, 12 1/8th x 9 inches

Spook, 2017, ink on paper, 7 ¼ x 10 1/8th

Spook, 2017, ink on paper, 7 ¼ x 10 1/8th

Intergroup Window, 2017, ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Intergroup Window, 2017, ink on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Closed window, 2017, ink on paper, 13 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches

Closed window, 2017, ink on paper, 13 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches

Night, 2017, gouache on paper, 7-1/8th x 10-1/8th inches

Night, 2017, gouache on paper, 7-1/8th x 10-1/8th inches

Faded Green Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 11 3/8th x 9 ½ inches

Faded Green Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 11 3/8th x 9 ½ inches

Indigo Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12 ¼ x 9 inches

Indigo Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12 ¼ x 9 inches

Highway Sky, 2017, ink on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Highway Sky, 2017, ink on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 ¼ inches

Buoy, 2017, ink on paper, 12 3/8th x 9 inches

Buoy, 2017, ink on paper, 12 3/8th x 9 inches

Memory painting, 2017, watercolour on paper, 8 ½ x 9 ¼ inches

Memory painting, 2017, watercolour on paper, 8 ½ x 9 ¼ inches