Friday, September 2, 2011

GV and the Glorious Bird

GV and the Glorious Bird
an exhibition by Sholem Krishtalka
September 15 – October 27
Opening reception September 15, 2011 7:30pm-10pm, Archives Gallery, 34 Isabella Street
Krishtalka's work is an exercise in queered history: a deconstruction of his life, a document of his relationships, and an attempt to create a philosophy from and about queerness. GV and the Glorious Bird is a sweeping epic about Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams. Captivated by their strange position in the American 20thcentury, Krishtalka imagines the two as recorders and witnesses whose own stories unfold in a suite of narrative paintings. As with all of his work, he imagines this series as an opera, in which he casts his immediate social circle as its actors.
Sholem Krishtalka is an artist and writer.  He holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from York University.  He is the art critic for Xtra Magazine and his writing has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Taddle Creek, and CBC Arts Online, in addition to which he is a regular contributor to, a curated video blog.  His artwork has been featured in Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painting.  Most recently, he had a solo show in Brooklyn, New York, at Jack the Pelican Presents, where he launched a commissioned folio of prints with ArtInvestor, a Munich-based multiples store and magazine. His paintings were featured in the premiere issue of Headmaster, a queer arts and culture magazine out of Providence, Rhode Island.  He maintains a web-project called Lurking, which can be seen at

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