Artists Talk: Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm, Sherwood Village Meeting Room
Reception: Saturday, February 15, 2:00 pm, Sherwood Gallery
In fall 2012, artists Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak moved to the town of Creighton Saskatchewan (population: 1500), to take up a unique and self-directed residency in the home of Kozak's Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother, Sophie Ostrowski. During this time, they produced scanned compositions from materials found in Ostrowski's home: family photographs, handwritten recipes and notes, Ostrowski's intricate pysanky and tender homemade perogies, houseplants and garden vegetables, craft supplies, collectable salt and pepper shakers, and all manner of ephemera were arranged on the flatbed scanner, producing works with surprising depth and formal restraint. Thoughtful, emotionally resonant, and quietly funny, the work importantly includes Ostrowski's voice: the project developed with her consent, commentary, and involvement, and the resulting collection of works forms a loving portrait of this specific individual. Ostrowski's story, however, evokes commonly-shared Saskatchewan experiences of rural prairie life and homesteading, the hybridization of second-generation Canadian identities, family history, and intergenerational friendship and exchange.
Lucien Durey is a visual artist and singer working in Saskatchewan and Vancouver. Drawing from personal and popular experience, his practice explores themes of authenticity and compensation through performance, assemblage/installation, and digital processes. Durey holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently working toward an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Vancouver's SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. He has exhibited in Saskatchewan, Vancouver, Portland and New York.
Katie Kozak is a Creighton, Saskatchewan artist of Métis and Ukrainian descent, whose work is a thoughtful blend of visual art and science. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria and attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design from 2009 through 2012. She has exhibited artworks in the Prairies and Western Canada.