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Terra² + The Art of the Paintogram at Cube Gallery for Festival X

By Dylan Barnabe on September 27, 2012

Meet Mark Seabrook and Marc André Brzustowski — two Canadian artists featured in Cube Gallery’s latest exhibition, Terra². The show offers a unique juxtaposition of the personal styles of each artist, and provides viewers with an authentic and contemporary approach to Canadian art (click here for a virtual tour).

Seabrook is an Ojibwe artist, poet, writer, and performer whose work explores his aboriginal history and cultural background. Inspired by the likes of artists such as Norval Morriseau and Jackson Pollock, Seabrook is interested in exploring traditional aboriginal painting with touches of abstract expressionism.

Similarly, Brzustowski draws upon traditional Canadian art styles to furnish his paintings. Like the Group of Seven, Brzustowski is a en plein air painter, and believes that working outdoors provides his work with an intimacy and vibrancy that cannot be sustained in a studio.

Mark Seabrook - Three.

Mark Seabrook - Three.

Seabrook was on-hand at Cube Gallery to discuss his paintings and artistic process with Apartment613. His choice of vivid colour combinations and subject composition, he says, is worked out meticulously through a series of sketches and acrylic miniatures. In particular, TV Reception on a Remote Indian Reserve #2, which depicts linear paint splattered across a colour-blocked and detailed aboriginal figure, is a great example of Seabrook’s ability to fuse elements of traditional and contemporary styles.

As a part of Festival X,  Cube Gallery is exhibiting Marc André Brzustowski and the Art of the Paintogram, a series of black and white photographs of Canadian landscapes that have been reinterpreted through paint. Through his paintings he hopes to evoke in viewers the ephemeral moment that initially drew him to re-create the scene and the desire to be in that moment.

Though differing both in subject matter and style (consider Seabrook’s acrylic colour-blocking versus Brzustowski’s painterly brushstrokes in oil), the work in Terra² succeeds in complimenting one another. Juxtaposed as they are, viewers are able to see the interconnectedness of Canadian legend and landscape.

Terra² is a unique experience in looking to both the past and future of Canadian art through the vision of two emerging, contemporary artists.

Terra² runs until October 14 at Cube Gallery (1285 Wellington West). In addition to Terra², Cube will be featuring Bruztowski’s paintograms as a “show within a show” until September 30. 

To view the full Festival X schedule and calendar of events, please visit their official website.