Bradley Harms – “Tilt”
Bradley Harms’ relationship with his materials is both intimate and nuanced. The paintings in “Tilt” incorporate his signature mark making, as well as new attention to the notion of surface perfection and spatial assertion. Often not immediately recognized, his preferred use of the unmeasured free hand frequently mimics that of mechanized techniques; however, the inevitable outcome of striving to achieve perfection is never quite attained. This imbues the work with a kind of wobbly-modernism: an earnest and authentic expression of both the artist’s humanity as well as his yearning for the unattainable perfection. These paintings are rooted in the metamodern notion that we can have seriousness and humour simultaneously, success and failure simultaneously, as well as the handmade within our machine-driven aesthetic.
Bradley Harms has been on the frontlines of the new wave of Canadian abstraction for several years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Harms received his BFA from the University of Calgary and his MFA from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and his paintings can be found in many public collections such as the Canada Council’s Art Bank (Ottawa, ON), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, AB), University of Western Sydney (Sydney, Australia), Foreign Affairs + International Trade Canada (Ottawa, ON) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB).
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2-4 PM. Bradley Harms in attendance. Exhibition runs from Saturday, September 16, to Saturday, October 15, 2016.