RKG Fifth Anniversary
21 July - 3 September, 2016
Artists: Francesco Albano, Oscar Figueroa, Randall Okita, Michael Davey, Nicole Clouston, Bruce Eves, Silvia
Argiolas, Silvia Mei
Featuring a month-long residency project by Raul Altosaar, "Every Day Is A Lifetime"
The fth year in the gallery’s journey brings seriousness and excitement. We remain open and unpredictable in our
practice. Individual, and collective, achievement informs our gallery by recognizing the outsider within.
RKG continues the dialogue, worth attention to local artists and beyond. Exhibiting at our gallery for the rst time,
at centre stage is sculptor Francesco Albano. Francesco’s interests and inuences are a wide range of subjects from
philosophical, mystical and spiritual arguments to scientic theories, from psychological studies to real life stories.
Albano uses skin and bone as a tool of expression of societal pressures and psychological violence on the body and
Bruce Eves: “Even though it is virtually indenable, this much I know for certain: necks are meant for sticking out,
envelopes are meant for pushing; art is not suitable for family viewing nor must it be emotionally uplifting; art must
refuse to kowtow to the limitless demands for the familiar and the safe and the conventional and the decorative; art
has nothing to do with social work or political stability or with the ending of negative stereotypes – these are the jobs
for propagandists.” After fully moving to digital media in 2000, Eves has established a presence internationally
through his participation in New Media events and festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cuba, Germany,
India, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, and Venezuela. In 2001 he returned to Canada after living abroad for many
years. Bruce Eves is a Toronto-based artist.
Bronze and cast iron sculptures by Michael Davey are a strong presence at RKG anniversary. Davey is a sculptor and
installation artist whose work often includes cast materials and found objects. Much of his art practice, including
bronze and aluminum castings and drawing, takes place at or near his home on Toronto Island, Ontario, Canada.
Michael Davey is also a curator and associate professor in the Visual Arts department at York University.
Unconventional, ever omnipresent interventions of Oscar Figueroa neighbour seamlessly with Francesco's
sculptures. Randall Okita's disturbing reproof suit, also drawing painterly of Silvia Argiolas and Silvia Mei. Notable
is the presence of Nicole Clouston’s installation sculpture.
Featuring a month-long residency project by Raul Altosaar, "Every Day Is A Lifetime". We are excited by this inspiring
eighteen-year-old artist. Exploring within practical and philosophical terms day-to-day situations, mediums,
staging life-moment of the month. Video is focal medium to Raul. Objects, and performance as personal interaction
in essence turn the outdoor gallery’s long wall into a nested life situation, by transforming it to an amazing outdoor
performing working station. Rooftop and mural of RKG’s north wall become a backdrop of celebration