Bio | Statement

“I’m a sensualist, not an ideologist. Viewers must feel their way through the work.”       -Bruce Pashak

ARTIST STATEMENT

Explaining his dissonant writing style, Dylan Thomas once noted –

“The first poems I knew were nursery rhymes and before I could read them for myself I had come to love the words of them. The words alone. What the words stood for was of a very secondary importance …”.

I  am sympathetic to both the simplicity and totality of Thomas’s view. He made the starting point of his creative communication the parts alone – each an intimate personal experience – before they are pressed into the service of some structured narrative. Through the unexpected alliances of words and images, the discordant phrasings and broken bits that cut the skin of our perception, we are released to a looser awareness of the meaning of his poems.  He seeks to free us to our own curiousities rather than contain us with his own.

My art forms are intended as playgrounds for the viewer’s imagination. Riddles that you might try to puzzle out but never need to solve. I’m a sensualist, not an ideologist. Viewers must feel their way through the work. Formalism – the long history of artistic seduction – is used as a lure but is offered without an agenda. I select imagery, words, colour, technology and material elements to spark a response and then another one and on and on until you feel contained within this cacophony of creative release. Consumed by experience as with a Mahler symphony.

Technology has changed our linear narrative vision. There are more voices to be heard now coming at us from all angles. Art should propagate those possibilities. Still, perception is the hard rock of history and requires some provocation to jostle it free.

BIO

Bruce Pashak is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist. Pashak uses imagery, text and technology to create abstracted anti-narratives that both affirm culturally-encoded associations and break free of these limitations.

Influenced by contrapuntal and polyphonic structures, Pashak seeks to crack open his work through discordance. Referentiality is deployed and then disrupted. The viewer is meant to be engaged by the normative values of his reference material and then left to their own devices. The images become an experience, a slippery personal tour through existentialism where the meaningful is unhinged and the meaningless finds its private value.

A Masters graduate of the University of Calgary, Bruce Pashak continues his theoretical inquiries into the construction and dissemination of perception. His studio practice includes combinations of painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media work. Pashak’s most recent series employs 3D technological devices to act as conduits for a visceral yet more deeply-felt viewer reaction.

Bruce Pashak lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. His work has been widely exhibited.