Howard Podeswa is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited internationally and in Canada over the past 25 years in public and private galleries including the Association for Visual Arts (Capetown), ARC (Chicago), Waddington-Gorce (Montreal), UBC, Peak Gallery,The Red Head and Mira Godard Gallery. His paintings can be found in private and public collections, including the Donovan Collection, Agnes Etherington, and Ciba-Geigi. His latest exhibition, Sole of a Shoe: Three Generations of Painting (Sept., 2011, Wynick Tuck Gallery) was reviewed by the Globe and The Star and was the subject of an article by Gary Michael Dault in Border Crossings Magazine (Mar. 2012). Podeswa’s work has also been exhibited recently in the group shows, Happenstance (Sep-Oct. 2012), Peripheries (Aug., Edward Day Gallery) and The ‘C’ Word, (Feb. 11, Doris McCarthy Gallery).
"In the past few years, I have been recreating the works of other artists. For example, in my series Redux, I reimagined Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch populated with geometric shapes, as a way to decipher the mathematical relationships that create the illusion of 3 dimensional space for which the piece is renowned; in more recent work, I zoomed in on details of Goya’s works and projected myself into its scenes. In my latest series, I’ve turned my attention towards an artistic influence even closer to home – that of my partner. For the past months, she has been creating sculptures and installations in her studio and sending me snapshots of them from her cell-phone. I’ve been selectively downloading them onto my studio laptop, adjusting them digitally, printing them at a nearby print-shop, and finally, painting them – using only the photos as my basis and without ever having seen the originals. I am interested in the changes that occur along the transitions from media to media, as the image makes its way through the process: changes in scale (from small to monumental), changes in dimensional space (from 3D to 2D), changes in framing (decisions made in framing the photograph and changes to the borders added by the printer) and changes related to the materiality of the medium itself (such as the vignette effect that occurs in digital photography and editing)." Howard Podeswa
image: Redux Series: JNW, 2007, oil on canvas, 108x120"