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Shit That's on Fire (detail), 2018, Izaak Sacrebleu, acrylic on panel, 37 x 26 inches

Izaak Sacrebleu: If at First You Don’t Succeed

Coldstream Fine Art
Show Dates: Friday, October 26th – Saturday, November 24th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26th, 6 – 9pm
*The opening reception will feature an interactive installation curated by the artist for one night only!*

About the Exhibition:
Coldstream Fine Art is pleased to present If at First You Don’t Succeed, a new series of paintings by Izaak Sacrebleu and the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Drawing from the aesthetics and nuances of gambling, Sacrebleu performs a wholesale interrogation of the “game”, discerning in its stakes a symbolic relevance to all human endeavour (major and minor alike). Sacrebleu underlays easily recognizable references to particular games with subtle nods to the rules, spoken and unspoken, that define their parameters. In doing so, he strips away the inherent inauthenticity of the casino environment in order to discover the patterns of unfiltered humanity that course through it.

As in much of the artist’s earlier work, gesture plays a central role in the project. Faces are left unrendered, revealing the sheer expressive potential of pose and referencing, through absence, the obscured, unwavering expressions of gambling aficionados. Disembodied hands send ambiguous signals that are nevertheless charged with information and emotion—a visual chorus of bets, folds, hits and stays, as well as the joy of victory and pain of defeat. In the titular painting, a diverse panoply of hands forms a repeating pattern, capturing in two dimensions the anonymous procession of gamblers that, ad infinitum, fills the tables, performs similar gestures and utters the same clichés. Rather than mire in alienation, however, we can see this as a ground of shared experience in a polarized age.

This series also represents a continuing evolution in Sacrebleu’s technique, most noticeably a movement away from a highly textural style into one that is cleaner and more intentional. Seamless gradients, recurring graphics and decontextualized patterns allude to digital modes of production, but a clear painterly sensibility defines the compositions and the blocked shading of their constituent parts. The formal aspects of the work corroborate its deliberate nature, representing Sacrebleu’s progression into an obsessively detail-oriented, overwhelmingly time-intensive artistic method. Despite this shift towards the analytic, If at First You Don’t Succeed contains some of the artist’s most incisive, evocative and unrestrained work to date.

About the Artist:
Izaak Sacrebleu is a painter based in Toronto. Through a varied repertoire of techniques and appropriated imagery, Sacrebleu’s work questions traditional modes of art making and viewing. He received his Bachelor or Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from OCAD in 2014 and has steadily exhibited since. Sacrebleu’s work has been acquired by several collections, most notably the permanent collection of Mercedes-Benz, and he topped BlogTO’s “10 Up and Coming Artists You Should Know” list in 2016. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Gladstone Hotel and Coldstream Fine Art and in group exhibitions across Ontario and New York. In addition, he curated the exhibition The Painterly Veil at Steamwhistle Brewery in February 2018.

Mother, 2017, Scott Ross Talbot, silver gelatin print, 24 x 36 inches, (framed), Edition of 5

Scott Ross Talbot: Benches in Bangkok

Coldstream Fine Art – On View in the Project Space
Show Dates: Saturday, November 3rd – Saturday, November 24th
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 2 – 4pm

About The Exhibition:
Benches in Bangkok is a new series of black-and-white photography by Toronto-based artist Scott Talbot. Talbot’s forte is reframing everyday objects and events in unexpected ways to embrace small moments of beauty that are often easily missed. The inspiration for this series came during a visit to Bangkok, where, while walking through the city in the process of conducting a documentary project, the artist found himself in a serene park with a set of distinctive benches. In the four photographs on display we find what he sees to be a kind of family unit, encouraging us to turn to a more object-oriented train of thought and imagine the story of the inanimate before us.

About The Artist:
Scott Talbot is a travel photographer who captures his explorations through 35mm film. He primarily focuses on juxtaposed imagery in which he captures colourful moments using black and white film, with the goal of breaking down preconceptions with story telling photography. Talbot began presenting his work in 2014 with a solo exhibition in the 18th Annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival and most recently was featured in a group photography exhibition at Coldstream Fine Art in 2017.

Coldstream Fine Art
80 Spadina Ave. Ste 208

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