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Andy Fabo: Queen Street Desperados

Skew Gallery
Calgary AB – Jun 28-Aug 4, 2007

Andy Fabo - Self Portrait
Andy Fabo, Self Portrait (2006), silk screen painting [Skew Gallery, Calgary AB, Jun 28-Aug 4]

Andy Fabo is a Calgary-born and internationally recognized artist, activist, critic and curator. Since 1975, he has lived and worked in Toronto where, in the 1980s, he became known as a painter associated with ChromaZone. This influential collective was at the forefront of Toronto's figurative painting movement. Fabo's work, primarily drawing, installation, video and digital imaging, explores issues of personal identity with a focus on his own gay identity. He has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Queen Street Desperados is Fabo’s first solo exhibit in Calgary in over fifteen years. The brightly-coloured silkscreen paintings depict various personalities from Toronto's Queen Street art scene. Both satirical and serious, they have been described as “pondering our compulsion for masquerade - an impulse often sanctioned by annual rituals such as Halloween and Mardi Gras…” and “reflecting the preoccupation with drag as a metaphor for aesthetic artifice that occurs in the work of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol.”

Throughout a career spanning nearly three decades, Andy Fabo's work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States and the UK. In the mid-80s, he was awarded the Canada Council residency at P.S.1. In 2005, Fabo's work was surveyed in a solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Art. As well as writing and reviewing exhibitions for a range of journals including Parachute, Mix, Fuse, and C magazine, he is a pioneering activist on issues related to Queer culture and HIV/AIDS.

email: info@skewgallery.com

Mia Johnson

Andy Fabo - The Fighting Mr. K
Andy Fabo, The Fighting Mr. K (2006), silk screen painting [Skew Gallery, Calgary AB, Jun 28-Aug 4]

 Wed, Jun 6, 2007