Andres Vosu | From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book [South Gallery]
24 May 2017 12:00 pm - 11 Jun 2017 6:00 pm
May 24 - June 11 | Andres Vosu: From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book | Opening: Sat. May 27, 1 - 4 pm [South Gallery]
Adult Colouring Books, which offer a wide choice in line art content, give adults an outlet to enjoy the pleasurable childhood activity of colouring. The book supplies the lines; the adult colours inside and/or outside the lines.
The pages of Andres Vosu’s Adult Colouring Book deviate from commercially produced Adult Colouring Books, in that, as the artist, he created both the lines and executed the colouring.
The line art for From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book is graphically simple. Only two elements were used. A circle and a trapezoid, which in relationship to each other, create stylized male and female forms. The juxtaposition and repetition of these forms produce graphic and thematic expressions.
Adult Colouring Books are marketed with the promise that “ the simple meditative Act of colouring in lines on a page, can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen concentration and cultivate a deep sense of calm.” *
Only the creation of the line art for, From the Pages of My Adult Colouring Book, helped the artist alleviate anxiety. It was cathartic, allowing the artist to graphically express his notions regarding human interactions, journeys as well as failings.
“ However, unlike the promise of Adult Colouring Books, the colouring of the work was far from being therapeutic. It was laborious and only offered numbing rather than a deep sense of calm. There was no diversion from worries due to personal problems, fascist politicians or a dying environment.” - AV
* Quote from the back cover of an Adult Colouring Book, sold at a Toronto Art Gallery.
Andres Vosu CV
About Andres Vosu:
Born 1957, Montreal, Canada. Andres Vosu is a Toronto, Ontario based artist and member of The Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. His work alludes to human emotion, frailty and vulnerability. He uses visual elements such as figures, objects, symbols and icons. By placing two or more elements within the frame, he intends to show the interplay between human activity, ideas and community.
Toronto School of Art 1996 to Present, Courses in Drawing, Water Medium, Sculpture, Collage
Concordia University : 1982-83 Post Graduate Diploma, Communication Studies;
1979-82 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production and Photography
Carlton University: 1976-79 Bachelor of Arts, Double Major - Political Science and Sociology
Concordia University 1982-83 Teaching Assistant, Film Production, Communications Studies Post Graduate Diploma Program
1984 Minister Of State, Multiculturalism Grant for research and pre-production of documentary film, Faces of the City.
2012 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Solo Exhibition -
2009 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Solo Exhibition -
2008 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Solo Exhibition -
Object Versus Subject
2009 to Present, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Group Shows
1997, 2001 Toronto School of Art, year-end Group Shows
1981 Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Art Group Show
1982 Winner, 16mm film, over 10 Minutes, Todays Protest, Media Byte, Concordia University Multi-Media Festival
1981 Honourable Mention, Photography, Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Art Group Show
My earliest recollection for my love of making handmade creations, dates back to kindergarden. I built a truck out of toilet paper rolls and a tissue box. Also, during show and tell, I willfully misrepresented my stuffed alligator as the quarry of my uncle, a fictional great hunter. A white lie, a prop and an audience, started my career in storytelling.
Today, as an artist, I still love to create things and tell stories.
My works allude to human emotion, frailty and vulnerability. I use visual elements such as figures, objects, icons and text, to varying degrees. When I use a singular element, such as in a text collage, I am depicting an inner space rant. When I place two or more elements within the frame, I intend to show the interplay between human activity, ideas and the environment.
I mix media. Using collage, matte medium image transfer, paint, crayon and pencil, I attempt to integrate craft and content with every stroke, rip and line. Also, past flirtation with film and writing influences my use of text and scene creation.
I create to have a voice. My art is a sounding board used in reaction to the good, bad and intolerable imposed upon me by the inner and the outer worlds, in which I live.
The process of creation gives me a refuge so that I can decompress from the stresses of life. Creating art is a journey of my own making, and the passion of creating sustains me through all other journeys.