Aja Rose Bond | Colin Cej | Romulo Cesar | Bradley Harms May 22 – June 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, 8 – 11 pm
Gam Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition, The Through Line, which explores how the reduction of elements like colour, line and shape into their most simplistic forms can paradoxically open onto an expansive field of visuality and the experiences of depth, time and materiality. The works in the exhibition juxtapose the hand painted to the digitally rendered line alongside the contrast between the soft sensuality of fabric and the hardness of metal. Each artist addresses the optics of perception and its connection to technologies of viewing, incorporating binary systems, the RGB colour model or the overlay of line and colour to create moiré patterns. At the same time, the works often build upon modernist aesthetics and concerns such as the grid. Patterns play out across two- and three-dimensional surfaces producing movements that pull the viewer into the work or protrude outward. Relationships between forms emerge through these simple combinations that, in turn, point to endlessly complex systems.
Aja Rose Bond is an intermedia artist with background in music, craft and fashion respectively, drawing from the deep influence of D.I.Y. punk, feminisms and magick. She explores the interplay of the public and the private through collaborations, collective organizing, solo-projects and a variety of mediums including sound, performance, installation, textile sculpture, drawing, collage and social practice.
Colin Cej is a visual artist that works in a variety of mediums, from illustration to traditional print and interactive media. His work explores themes of choice, free will and the limitations constraining these choices in both societal and governing bodies, or the way in which personal choices navigate social norms as well as being an expression of self.
Romulo Cesar was born in 1981, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and briefly attended the Fine Arts School of Rio de Janeiro. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. His current work results from studio practice and ideas related to the influence of technology on our perception and relation to the world.
Born in 1970, Winnipeg, Bradley Harms received his BFA from the University of Calgary in 1996 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Harms has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, as well as on the international stage. For the past number of years, Harms has taken a leading role in a new and forward-looking wave of Canadian abstraction, building upon traditions within the medium, while creating work that both reflects and critiques contemporary social and technological developments.