Artist Olex Wlasenko celebrates film on canvas, drawing room-sized works based on historic movie stills. Wlasenko, who is also the curator at the Station Gallery in Whitby, has an exhibit running Mar 8 to Apr 29 at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg, ON.
Wlasenko is a film buff and has hosted a series of film related talks; on Apr 4 he will host "Overlooked: Canadian Art in 'The Shining.'" Kubrick's classic uses, according to Wlasenko, a wide selection of Canadian works, from Norval Morriseau to Alex Colville to members of Group of Seven. The paintings add another layer of complexity to an already complex movie.
This layered approach to art can be found too in the work of Wlasenko; a simple process dating back to cave man times belies the deep complexity of the story he is telling, building it layer upon layer upon layer.