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Forerunners exhibition review by Annie Jaeger
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Bierk’s recently awarded mural commission is installed at Simcoe and Queen Street in Peterborough. Bierk is listed as one of 10 most talked about painters in Toronto.
In the tradition of personal work, Bierk uses photographs from his everyday and his past as a starting point – a portrait of his wife, a lamp in his grandmothers living room, Chinatown at night, the back room of a church on Bloor St, the bedroom window from the house he grew up in, a quiet intersection at night and a slogan from a twelve step meeting. Though informed by his personal history Bierk is interested in capturing more than a specific place or moment in time. His paintings address the transcendental spaces of memory, nostalgia, loss, longing, addiction, recovery and reconciliation within the rigidity of his labour intensive approach to photo-realism.
In 2014 Bierk’s first successful solo exhibition Pitfalls and Withdrawals received recognition in The Toronto Star and Canadian Art Magazine along with being chosen as Leah Sandals Top 3 Picks in 2014: Canadian Art Magazine. In 2013 Bierk was nominated for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture. His painting’s are included in the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto Dominion Bank as well as in numerous private collections. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and New York City along with numerous art fairs: Art Toronto, Scope (Miami), Papier 14 (Montreal) and Art Southampton.
Pitfalls and Withdrawals: Solo exhibition @ GHC Jan. 16 – Feb. 15, 2014