bG Gallery is pleased to present “Oblivion Monstrosus,” an elaborate installation by Canadian artist Jim Holyoak.Jim will take advantage of the gallery’s movable walls to create a labyrinthine installation of monsters from the past, present, and future.
This will be Holyoak’s first solo exhibit in the US in over 3 years. He returns after a busy year of museum exhibits in Canada and a series of residencies across Europe. Jim is gaining critical acclaim for his larger-than-life, awe-inspiring, interactive ink installations. His work portrays the bridges and boundaries between perception, memory and fantasy. Jim blends traditional Chinese ink study with contemporary western approaches, while monsters dinosaurs and endangered animals blur in and out of surreal metamorphic landscapes.
The reception will also be the book launch for Keith Holyoak's 'Foreigner". Keith will read an excerpt from the book at 8pm and will be signing first-edition copies throughout the evening. An exhibit of Jim Holyoak's works from the book will be on display. Foreigner stems from Keith's previously acclaimed publication of translations of the ancient Chinese poets Du Fu and Li Bai. In this volume Holyoak creates contemporary poetry in ancient Chinese style. The marriage of eastern and western styles is echoed in Jim Holyoak's illustrations for the volume using traditional Chinese ink painting techniques.