THE WINDOW IS ALSO A DOOR //
SKY GLABUSH (CAN)
Preview SEPT 23. 2016 / 7-9pm
The Window is Also a Door presents a series of hand-woven objects that function somewhere between textiles, paintings, or carpets. What began as an investigation into the material properties of painting—not simply accepting the default material of canvas or linen but trying to create his own—has become an increasingly integral part of Glabush’s practise. Weaving is time-consuming and laborious. It echoes ritualistic and meditative traditions and is often a form of labour that is unnoticed or undervalued. In this site-specific arrangement of woven forms Glabush investigates questions of identity, history, religion, and the role of the artist in navigating these narrative constructions.
paintings are like windows
but seen as objects they become stopped
moving from something transparent to something static:
a window to a door
weavings on the floor are blankets for eating on or sleeping on
slipping from one state to another
they are rugs too
for a poem or prayer
which is a window
a point of transition from one state to another
the movement of bodies.
who are invited in through the door
or escape through a window?
is the current migration something being welcomed (tolerated)
moving as through an opening
or is it closed?
- Sky Glabush
Born in 1970 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Sky Glabush lives and works in London, Ontario, Canada where he teaches studio art at Western University. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the University of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include “What is a Self?” at Oakville Galleries, “Display” at MKG127 in Toronto, "The Painting Project" at Galerie de l'UQUAM, Montreal, "The Kingdom of Names" at Thames Art Gallery and "The Visible and the Invisible" at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Glabush's work is in many public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, and the Bank of Montreal.
Photo: Jan Inge Haga