Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Dan Bernyk is an artist born and raised in LaSalle, Ontario, and is currently
completing his BFA degree at the University of Windsor. He is a sculptor
specializing in metal fabrication and is interested in interwoven modular
configurations. Dan has spent time living in Vancouver, British Columbia,
while working at a custom metal fabrication shop. He is currently participating
in a studio residency program at the University of Windsor and was recently
nominated for the International Sculpture Centre Award for Outstanding
Achievement. Dan aspires to further his education and ultimately obtain
an MFA degree.
" As an object maker my practice is predominantly embodied through
material research and exploration involving very meticulous, repetitive,
and laboriously intensive procedures. I primarily work with steel because
it resonates a strong sense of permanence capable of withstanding the
depredation of time. Although I value the cultural association of steel
to manufacturing, I believe the material should induce an individual ‘feeling’
and not merely adhere to imposed physical or aesthetic expectations.
For this exhibition I decided against representing traditional funerary
objects with implicit functions, instead considering how the term ‘grave
goods’ reflects my current working methodology. Grave goods are
typically votive offerings intended to accompany the deceased into the
afterlife. My interest lies not in the transcendence of spiritual boundaries,
but rather creating objects personifying an aura surrounding burial customs.
Both works, Practically Organic and 90 P.S.I., retain representational
characteristics likened to shapes and forms from the physical world but
resonate unusual and mysterious connotations as well. I believe my work
manifests an energetic dynamism that will serve as a catalyst for discussion
because of the innumerable visual interpretations associated with it.
forged mild steel
Practically Organic is compromised of several hundred hand-forged
steel plates fastened together with steel rivets. The work maintains
a strong physical presence while accentuating a fluid gestural movement.
It is as though the material is becoming a liquefied solution, conjuring
notions of the infinite and perhaps suggesting a presence beyond itself.
fabricated mild steel
90 P.S.I. involves a process of seamlessly welding sheet steel together
and using air pressure to inflate the shapes. As a result, distinct
forms emerge producing unique curves and folds creating a paradox
for contemplation; the strength and rigidity of the metal sharply
contrast the soft contours and playful associations of the work. Perhaps
the inflation process becomes an allegory for injecting life, or a
form of being, into an otherwise static object.