Exhibitions in Review
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I\» 9c^^*iI 111.m.i Berezowsky, Installation View at the John A. Schweitzer Gallery, Montreal. Photo : Richard-Max Tremblay.Exhibitions in ReviewLiliana Berezowsky or metal poetry — This understanding of metal, Liliana Berezowsky owes it to blacksmith ancestors. In this second solo presented in March at the Schweitzer Gallery, she uses metal only. The wood or the found objects used before in her work have disappeared. The scale of her work has also become more important.Metal, though often looked at as being cold and hard, for Berezowsky, is a very sensuous material. Fire is involved and the artist appreciates the dialogue and confrontation that occur, dealing with a material that stands up to her, that she has to confront in a very direct way. Metal remembers and it doesn't do exactly what one wants to do. One can make it do certain things but it reacts to what one wants to do and one has to take into consideration these characteristics. There is that interaction, interchange that is very important to the sculptor, who is not simply working on a material. But as a result of the interaction, there are certain changes that take place in the development of the work as it progresses. It is a very direct exchange, the sculptor compromises with the metal.Added color has disappeared from the actual works, it gives them a sensuous austerity. The humour involved in the works prevent them from becoming too austere, or static or too formal. The purpose of the artist is not to make beautiful aesthetic pieces but to go much beyond formalism. Certain sculptures, or part of them, retain a quality of being found, for instance the wheels on kander or lague. It seems that they have some kind of function though we don't know quite what the function is. Or that they come from somewhere and have some function but it is obscure.When one looks at the forms, there is a quote from the industrial world that gives them a grounding in the concrete reality. They also seems like medieval war...
|Auteur :||Hedwidge Asselin|
|Titre :||Exhibitions in Review|
|Revue :||ETC, Volume 1, numéro 1, automne 1987, p. 53-54|
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