A Hole In The Life

11/03 – 17/04/2016
Preview: Friday 11/03 19:00

Solo show: Aleksander Hardashnakov

 

 

 

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1857 will be closed for Easter holidays from Sunday
20 March until Tuesday 29 March. The solo exhibition
by Aleksander Hardashnakov remains on view through
17 April.
 
 
 
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A TREE KILLER LIVES HERE. Bits of branch and leaf. Carved into the sidewalk out front. Death radiating from the place I’d hidden it.
 
He took the hatchet and walked me deeper into the forest until we came across a fallen tree. He had spotted me from a distance... “Hey! Stop that!” How could I have missed it for so long?
 
I’d been in a new house for six months when I noticed it. I don’t know if I was angry or sad, if I wanted to feel detached or if I really was detached. I filled clear glass bottles with the remnants. I filled the bottles with water and screwed the caps tight. I gave the bottles as gifts. I knew I had started something I had to finish. I looked at the spot I’d been chopping. I looked back over my shoulder. I stood there and read it over and over again. I tossed it to the corner. I’ve been living with it ever since.
 
I wanted to carve myself a little sailboat from its bark. I was. My eyes followed the trunk all the way to its crown. Reminding me I was no-good. So I cut it down and chopped it into small pieces. Sun shining through the leaves.
 
The stump, dried brittle roots clinging to a clump of soil. There the remains would die and rot. Unceremoniously I dragged it from my parents' bedroom, brought it to a small cinder block fluorescent-lit room. Wrapped in a black garbage bag.
 
 
 
 
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About the artist:
 
Aleksander Hardashnakov (b. 1982, Toronto) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Recent solo shows include "The Loon @ The Duck", The Duck, Berlin; "Weapon Beside The Bed", Tomorrow Gallery, New York; "MOOD", Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; and "Tha Siccness" at 0DX, Astoria, New York. His work has been part of group exhibitions at Cooper Cole, Toronto; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; and Le Magasin, Grenoble. He runs the project space The Loon in Toronto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1857 is supported by Arts Council Norway
 
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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
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Installation view, main space, 1857

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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Birds chirping in Winter, [2016]
Oil, gesso, tempera, charcoal, colored pencil, gouache, acrylic on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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7 day headache, [2016]
Oil, gesso, tempera, pastel, colored pencil, bleach, dye acrylic thread on canvas. 180 × 300 cm.

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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If and only but should ought must, [2016]
Oil, gesso, glue, colored pencil, pencil, acrylic, paper on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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The first visit, [2016]
Oil, gesso, colored pencil, charcoal on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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Polluted sunset, [2016]
Oil, gesso, tempera, gouache, acrylic, colored pencil on canvas. 180 × 300 cm.

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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Machine in the ghost, [2016]
Oil on canvas. 180 × 300 cm.

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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Little rabbit, [2016]
Oil, gesso, colored pencil on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, main space, 1857

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Aborting delta (with Wendy H?), [1990 – 2016]
Acrylic, gesso, colored pencil, tempera on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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Straggling star [2016]
Oil on canvas. 180 × 150 cm.

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, front space, 1857

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
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Installation view, front space, 1857

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, front space, 1857

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A HOLE IN THE LIFE
(Hardashnakov)
Installation view, front space, 1857

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Remove the body 1, [2016]
Colored pencil and pencil on paper on construction paper, oil stain on laser cut wood, plexi glass. 50 × 70 cm.

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White pickett cross, [2016]
Gesso on wood. 50 × 26 cm.

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Your eyes are bloodshot, [2016]
Colored pencil on sun-faded construction paper, oil stain on laser cut wood, plexi glass. 50 × 70 cm.

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Caterpillar, [2016]
Gesso on wood. 50 × 26 cm.

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Remove the body 2, [2016]
Colored pencil and pencil on paper on construction paper, oil stain on laser cut wood, plexi glass. 50 × 70 cm.

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Alex Janssen’s monarch, [2016]
Gesso and tempera on wood. 50 × 26 cm.
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Alex Janssen’s demon. [2016]
Gesso and tempera on wood. 50 × 26 cm.

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Charlie and I play hangman on my arm with whisky and ink, [2016]
Colored pencil and pencil on sun-faded construction paper, oil stain on laser cut wood, plexi glass. 50 × 70 cm.

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Assorted cut-outs, [2016]
Pencil, colored pencil, gesso on canvas. Dimensions variable.

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