MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
MARCH 3 – APRIL 1, 1989
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1989 AT 8PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
My work invokes a journey, a search for a personal expression and understanding of myself as male.
In part, to be male is to present an image that reflects ascribed beliefs and behaviour patterns. In this context, I compare myself to other men and reaffirm my own maleness. By looking outward I see a reflection of that which is repeated again and again – a mirrored visage – the internal, the interior self, kept submerged and hidden by patterns of maleness.
Through the conjoining of images of myself with the of men located in contemporary culture, I hope to confront the conflicting and fragmentary images and posit a contrapuntal and personal image of maleness. In so much as my work does not offer a resolution of stragegy for change it is not didactic. Rather it is meant to embrace the ambiguity and strangeness of my experience as a male.
The quest into being is a journey towards a knowledge of self – of male/self – beyond that which is given.
Brian Piitz lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic in 1986. Since 1984, he has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally.