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Andrew Buszchak
Artist

Guelph
May 09, 2018

My name is Andrew Buszchak; I am an interdisciplinary artist. My most recent sculptural work uses materials common to the construction trades, such as steel, dimensional lumber, and copper tubing, focusing especially on their associated joining methods. This focus derives both from my employment experience as a journeyperson welder and from my observation that joints are often only appreciated as means to an end – whether in art or otherwise. I suggest that to overlook the joints of any given assembly is to exhibit a blindness metaphorically similar to the way subordinates are taken for granted by superiors. My current exhibition, Counterproductive Work Behaviour, opens on May 10 and continues until September 5 at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

1. Driving by pedestrians while a utility pole or similar object obscures our mutual view of each other as we both travel in opposing directions



As a passenger in automobiles, I notice this happen fairly often. Besides the most obvious requisite conditions – someone walking in the opposite direction as the car is traveling, both parties approaching a utility pole, etc – I think the key attribute of this situation is timing… maybe speed of travel for both vehicle and pedestrian as well? Anyway, I’m fascinated by how such a thing comes to occur on a pretty regular basis, all by accident. A side note: I seldom notice this occurrence as a pedestrian. Likely, it is because there is a disturbing power dynamic that exists between motorists and pedestrians where the latter tends to feel subordinate to the former. Can you blame them? One wrong move and SPLAT! Remember that, motorists: great power means great responsibility. Be cool behind that wheel, people!

2. Balancing physical objects, large and small



Most lately, it hasn’t really been balancing so much as propping. I have had a decent-sized set of keys on my person for the last two years; anytime I have occasion to sit and chat with someone at a table for a while, I like to stand my keys on-end, all leaning against one another. It’s fun – try it!

3. Perennial and self-seeding veg



Because I’m lazy or I don’t have time to properly care for a garden – let the plants do the work! All-time favourites include lovage (pictured), purslane, chives, sorrel, dandelions, and asparagus. Speak out against pesticide usage and seek after these delicious beauties in your yard or your neighbor’s!

4. Rhetorical and literary devices



Most of all, the run-on sentence, or compound-complex sentence as it is more commonly referred to by the literary folk, and while there are many notable examples of writers to cite from both modernist and post-modernist literature who were, or are, known to regularly use this type of ornate contrivance with quite a variance as regards their range of abilities and successes, with the lesser of those at times seeming to edge into the realm of quantitative record-setting on the basis of word count while at the same time entertaining complete jeopardy of the real purpose of poetry and prose (I’m thinking of Molly’s soliloquy in Joyce’s Ulysses), that is to say, diminishing the level of quality and, perhaps more specifically, affect to be felt from some writing, my favourite of these artists is Virginia Woolf, whose 1926 essay On Being Ill is a highly skillful demonstration of the literary virtue and evocative potential of postponing a period.

5. Walking home from the bar



On a really good night, if I’m walking at just the right pace, having had enough to drink – looking down at my feet as I go – I’m able to mistake my steps on the earth for contributing to – or disturbing – its rotation, depending on which direction I’m walking.

 

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