recurring cycles: guardian, 2016, ed. 4, wood engraving, lithography, screen print, 42 x 30 in
Shinsuke Minegishi is a Vancouver-based artist working across several print media, including woodcut, linocut, wood engraving, lithography and screen printing. He often combines various print technologies and creates images which reference the human condition through the use of symbolic pictorial elements. Minegishi’s images often portray archetypal forms from the natural world in combination with a portrayal of ambiguous spaces that are at once earth-like while they also communicate the vastness of the cosmic space. Other images in this exhibition juxtapose results of human activity with the images of natural growth and renewal. An additional series of ten prints feature non-representational abstract colour field works which offer the viewers a ground for associative engagement and the resulting feeling of luminous voids and spaces. Juxtaposed simple geometric line-like shapes placed in the centre of each print provide a visual cadence for a symbolic reference for the beginning and the completion of a cycle.
Minegishi’s exhibition recurring cycles is a contemplative and philosophical engagement with the universal cycles of the ‘beginning’ and the ‘end’ transposed to human lives, births and deaths of people, namely Minegishi’s close family members and friends. As he points out, the exhibition recurring cycles is based on his life experiences and reflection on the cyclical nature of a universal phenomenon.
Join us for the opening reception of recurring cycles on Thursday March 16, 2017 at the gallery from 6 p.m-8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine, and punch.