Andrew Owen – Wintergarden: Brushless Floral Landscapes

Andrew Owen A01, PACIFIC SPIRIT FERNS (Vancouver), 2011, aerosol enamels on canvas, 60 x 84 x 1.5 in / 5 x 7 ft

WINTERGARDEN: Brushless Floral Landscapes
A Solo Exhibition by Andrew Owen (A01)

March 28 – April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6 – 8 pm
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, April 13, 1 – 3 pm
Station Independent Projects, Toronto

Station Independent Projects is thrilled to announce WINTERGARDEN: Brushless Floral Landscapes, a solo exhibition of paintings by visual artist Andrew Owen (A01).

About the Exhibition:

WINTERGARDEN: Brush-less Floral Landscapes is the first solo exhibition of A01’s large-format floral paintings created outdoors, en plein air with the artist’s original and innovative “brush-less” process.

The paintings are informed by study and practice of Chinese, Japanese and Korean (Eastern) artistic and philosophical principles, including 禪 (Chan/Zen), 道 (Dao), 空 (kong/emptiness), 留百 (liu bai/space) while immersed in the respective cultures and languages for decades. However, the paintings are produced with entirely original and innovative processes employing a Western art materiality of aerosol paint on canvas, thereby becoming a hybrid of Eastern and Western classical and contemporary art and thought.

Andrew Owen A01, FOUR SEASONS AT ONCE / Humber River Wildflowers (on White), 2020, aerosol enamels on canvas, 60 x 144 x 1.5 in / 5 x 12 ft

The innovative brush-less painting process was first invented as small works on paper while living at a Zen temple in Kyoto in 2000 during 4 years in Japan, then developed as works on paper and silk hanging scrolls during 4 years studying in Taipei Taiwan. The work evolved when transitioning to larger works on canvas during the following seven years in Vancouver. Since 2012 this expansive program of work has exponentially expanded in scope, scale, quantity and intricacy when created outdoors en plein air across Toronto, Ontario and New York in collaboration with Taiwan-born partner Sheila Yihua Hu.

This exhibition will include PACIFIC SPIRIT FERNS, a massive 5 x 7 ft remarkably life-like painting created in Vancouver with ferns and flora of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. FIVE TOXIC WEEDS was painted outdoors while protected in full hazmat suit and respirator to directly handle the actual poisonous plants discovered at Toronto’s Humber River, including the frightening Giant Hog Weed, whose sap can cause 3rd degree burns. FOUR SEASONS AT ONCE are massive 5 x 12 foot paintings painted at the same locations in 4 sections over 4 seasons, presenting spring, summer, autumn and winter simultaneously. BREAK THE BRUSH vertical monochromatic paintings are the most recent series from 2023 that look remarkably like classical Eastern ink on paper paintings but are actually created entirely with natural flora and only black and white aerosol paint on canvas without any paint brushes.

Andrew Owen A01, BREAK THE BRUSH / Vertical Monochromes (kerria, golden rod, grape vine, day lily, phlox, sunflower), 23 aerosol enamels on canvas, 60 X 16 X 1 in each

About the Artist:

Montreal-born Andrew Owen A01’s artistic practice involves multiple ongoing and extensive programs of work that hybridize classical and contemporary Eastern and Western art and thought.

In a former life A01 was an early progenitor of aerosol graffiti art in early-80’s Canada, tagging across Toronto, Vancouver and Tokyo contemporaneous with Harring and Basquiat in New York City. Producing Toronto’s earliest graffiti art murals including SPRAINT ACTION ’84, A01 has been called “the Godfather of Toronto graffiti art”.

A01 departed to operate in the Pacific Rim for 17 years, including Seoul & Pusan South Korea; Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Japan; Taipei Taiwan, Vancouver Canada, and returned to establish his SEVEN STREAMS STUDIO 七溪 工坊 in Toronto in 2012. These paintings could also be said to synthesize the aerosol art of A01’s youth with the Eastern art studies of his middle years immersed in the Pacific Rim, manifest since returning to Canada.

About Station Independent Projects:

Station Independent Projects was founded in L.E.S., NYC and hosted exhibits from 2012-2017. Gallery Director Leah Oates reopened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in September 2023 on Geary Avenue.

Prior to opening Station Independent Projects, Oates curated exhibitions in the New York City area with The Scope Art Fair, The Bridge Art Fair, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Asya Geisberg Gallery, Chashama, Artists Space, Nurture Art and The Kauffman Arcade Gallery and in the Chicago area at Randolph Street Gallery, The Peace Museum and The Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

Shows at Station Independent Projects have been written about in WNYC, The Brooklyn Rail, Crain’s NYC, The Village Voice, NY Arts Magazine, Artefuse, Chromogram, Heart as Arena, Tribeca Tribune, New Art Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, New City, Blouin Art Info, Artforum, Collector Daily, Bedford and Bowery, Lid Magazine, French Photo, I-Ref Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Musee Magazine, Slate, Photo District News, Women’s Wear Daily, The Tory Burch Culture Blog and Le Journal de Photographie.

Oates received a B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for Post- Graduate study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and exhibits her photographic works internationally. Oates has been organizing shows as independent curator and gallerist for approximately twenty years.

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