Michael Stecky: Double Rainbow
Double Rainbow | Michael Stecky
May 4 – May 21, 2022
Vernissage: Sat May 7, 1pm-8pm
The Drey Gallery, Toronto
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 12pm – 5pm
The Drey Gallery, Toronto presents a collection of new sculptural work from artist Michael Stecky.
Jigsaw puzzles, before completion, exist in an abstracted state with an embedded set of rules for transformation into a photographic image.
Stecky’s series of sculptural paintings or assemblages explore the idea of an alternative organization of puzzle pieces.
The overpainted puzzle images influence the artwork’s organization, acting as a schematic for a new work. The repetition of pattern and colour creates a magnetic energy below the surface.
The compositions read at once within the tradition of abstract modernist paintings but also suggest textile works or the modular nature of data streams.
The exhibition title considers the premise of the double rainbow being a rainbow and its shadow self, composed of both intense colour and monochromatic black or dark elements.
About Michael Stecky
Often using repurposed materials and labour-intensive craft, Stecky creates sculpture, paintings, videos, audio works and convergences of those media. His current work focuses on the adaptation of jigsaw puzzles into sculptural paintings.
Stecky has a strong interest in creating aesthetically compelling objects that have a conceptual aspect and that rest upon the history of painting and sculpture.
In the spring of 2021, Michael was included in the group exhibition, Changing Landscape, presented by Karl Oskar Gallery, Berlin. His paintings, videos and installations have shown at Plug In I.C.A. and The Winnipeg Art Gallery. His videos have been broadcast on the CBC, Spanish Public Television, and at festivals in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, Australia, Japan and China.
Michael was born in Winnipeg and received a B.F.A. from Concordia University, Montreal and currently lives in Toronto.
The Drey is an art lab grounded in Berlin DE and Toronto CA with intermediate international satellite projects running concurrently.
The Drey Berlin: Pistorusstrasse 100, Berlin DE