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Sky Glabush

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
Oct 13, 2001 - Oct 27, 2001

view near Leiden (2001),
oil, epoxy resin and acylic

Sky Glabush puts landscapes on the back burner, figuratively speaking, and coats them with a candy-like surface. He overlays paintings of the Dutch countryside as it appears in 17th and 18th Century art with several layers of very 20th Century epoxy resin, which give an actual physical depth. Some of the layers of resin are painted with vertical lines or dots. The built-up laminations create effects similar to shadow-boxes as well as to confections wrapped in cellophane.

With this unusual technique, Glabush manages to pull off work that is simultaneously modernist and illusionistic, yet not gimmicky. Instead, there is a sense of the artist manipulating the strata of art history. Both the landscapes and the hard-edge polygons are clearly and professionally rendered. While the landscapes appear as in a dream, the illusory circles and lines are forcefully present.

Sky Glabush is the son of Otto Rogers whose daughter Sasha was reviewed in the March issue. It is tempting to think of this new series of Glabush's work as a crowning culmination of the minimalist approach of Otto and the recent gorgeous land-and-sky paintings by Sasha. From the flatness of the prairies come good things.

© Mia Johnson