Participating Artist – Aleks Bartosik (PULP : paper art party 2015)

Continuing our tradition, here is the first blog post featuring one of our artists. This year we have the pleasure of introducing the multi-disciplinary artist Aleks Bartosik!

2. wandering creatures (performance in collaboration with a dancer, Rebecca A. Bobrovskis - video still, work in progress 2014-2015)

2. wandering creatures (performance in collaboration with a dancer, Rebecca A. Bobrovskis – video still, work in progress 2014-2015)

Aleks Bartosik is a Toronto based artist who works figuratively and most oftern large-scale.  Her main mediums are painting and drawing, however, Bartosik’s practise also expands to performances, installations, and video/film animation.  Exploring the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, she investigate one’s ability and willingness to imagine, pretend, dream and suspend disbelief, most often involving the viewer directly with her installations.  Interested in our repressed fears and the sense of wonder engendered through curiosity and dream, she experiments with different disciplines, surfaces, and spaces that invite the viewer to wander the realms and playgrounds she creates, as her paintings and sculptural installations transform.

 esolate paper queen, 2013 (performance piece, acrylic on papers and walls) - by Aleks Bartosik

desolate paper queen, 2013 (performance piece, acrylic on papers and walls) – by Aleks Bartosik

If you are not afraid of the dark, I would like to take you by the hand and lead you into my maze of pictorial creations that will take you to places you never been and show you things you never seen.
off the wall, 2014, performance in collaboration with 3 dancers and spoken word poet (performance piece, acrylic on papers and walls).  Organized by Snell's Frog in Hand.  Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. By Aleks Bartosik

off the wall, 2014, performance in collaboration with 3 dancers and spoken word poet (performance piece, acrylic on papers and walls). Organized by Snell’s Frog in Hand. Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. By Aleks Bartosik

For PULP : paper art party, Bartosik, together with her dancer collaborators, Collen Snell and Rebecca A. Bobrovskis, will create this other realm/playground of paper and paper creatures in a form of a dance.  Colleen Snell, who Bartosik worked with before on a project called Off the Wall is one of the founding members of  Frog in Hand; a group of collaborators – dancers, fight choreographers, makeup artists, musicians, actors, spoken word poets, costume designers and visual artists who come together to create cross-disciplinary performances in unusual spaces.  Bartosik was invited to participate with them as a visual artist for Canada Day in 2014.  Since then, Bartosik always wanted to work with dancers, and together with the other collaborator, Bobrovskis, created improvisational dance in her studio for a video shoot.  Bobrovski and Snell are both dancers and dance instructors in their own right, Bobrovski teaching in Toronto at Breakout Studio and part of a collective herself called Curiosity Collective.  Snell is also a choreographer and actor-combatant.
1. wandering creatures (performance in collaboration with a dancer, Rebecca A. Bobrovskis - video still, work in progress 2014-2015) - by Aleks Bartosik - coming to PULP : paper art party 2015

1. wandering creatures (performance in collaboration with a dancer, Rebecca A. Bobrovskis – video still, work in progress 2014-2015) – by Aleks Bartosik – coming to PULP : paper art party 2015

DESIGN/PROJECT:
Bartosik is very familiar and comfortable with quick deadlines and often create and assemble large projects on location within a few hours.  Together with her dancers, Colleen Snell and Rebecca A. Bobrovskis, she will create a paper playground of sorts in a form of a dance and art performance.  She plan to ‘create’ two paper creatures (the dancers) adorned in paper dresses that she will make on location along with a paper environment for them to dance within.  The paper environment will be mostly hung using fishing wire.  She is very much interested in experimenting with the sounds, rips, and, tares that the paper dresses will make while the dancers are in motion.  Essentially the creatures will rip themselves out of the dresses.  The idea is to do a call-and-response between the creator (Bartosik, the painter), the creatures (the dancers), the musician/musical act, and the audience.
she in a forest performance, part of group exhibition titled Effigies (2012).  Live drawing performance, duration piece done over several days, transforming. Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. By Aleks Bartosik

she in a forest performance, part of group exhibition titled Effigies (2012). Live drawing performance, duration piece done over several days, transforming. Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. By Aleks Bartosik

In this post are nine images that most resemble the type of project Bartosik, Snell and Bobrivskis will do for PULP : paper art party, first four being closest to the project being proposed.  The rest of the images are examples of other types of work Bartosik does in a performative manner.
magic lantern for Toronto's Nuit Blanche (2014).  A painting self-contained painting performance, experimenting with light and colour. By Aleks Bartosik

magic lantern for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche (2014). A painting self-contained painting performance, experimenting with light and colour. By Aleks Bartosik

Although Bartosik does numerous art performances and collaborations with other artists, her art practise mostly revolves around figurative painting and drawing, exhibiting nationally and internationally.  She has an upcoming solo exhibition in June in Ottawa’s La Petite Mort Gallery   You can find Bartosik teaching painting, drawing, and street art classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto!

night wanderers: installation view at SOVA for (s)hiver art festival in Dawson City. Acrylic on fabrics, walls, creatures, and floor, lasers, coloured lights, mirrors.  In collaboration with spoken word poets and musicians at Dawson City. Photo credit: Blair Douglas, 2015. By Aleks Bartosik

night wanderers: installation view at SOVA for (s)hiver art festival in Dawson City. Acrylic on fabrics, walls, creatures, and floor, lasers, coloured lights, mirrors. In collaboration with spoken word poets and musicians at Dawson City. Photo credit: Blair Douglas, 2015. By Aleks Bartosik

night wanderers: installation view and painting performance at SOVA for (s)hiver art festival in Dawson City. Acrylic on fabrics, walls, creatures, and floor.  Lasers, coloured lights, mirrors, iridescent plastic.  In collaboration with spoken word poets, audience members, and musicians at Dawson City. Photo credit: Julien Strasfeld, 2015. By Aleks Bartosik

night wanderers: installation view and painting performance at SOVA for (s)hiver art festival in Dawson City. Acrylic on fabrics, walls, creatures, and floor. Lasers, coloured lights, mirrors, iridescent plastic. In collaboration with spoken word poets, audience members, and musicians at Dawson City. Photo credit: Julien Strasfeld, 2015. By Aleks Bartosik

To see more installations coming to PULP: paper art party 2015 please visit our Art page. We will update with more installations every few days.