This is the first solo exhibition of paintings by Gon (Agron) Bregu in Canada. Bregu is notable for skillful rendering of his subjects - real, remembered, fantastically transformed. He uses preliminary maquettes and collage to create dreamlike settings and empty landscapes.
6 April to 6 May, 2017 Reception: Thursday 6 April, 2017, 5-8pm
Robert Kananaj Gallery is honoured to present the first solo exhibition of Gon Bregu's work in Canada.
The exhibition is a survey of paintings into which are introduced some elements of sculpture.
The whole show is like a self-portrait, where eclectic elements inform the nature of Gon’s painting.
The artist sheds light on intent by direct reference to a shed serpent's skin. The snake (Serpent) is associated with both negative and positive, or duality, in the story of Adam and Eve. Another motif is rebirth or renewal. This creature has the ability to shed its old skin when it grows a new one. Metaphorically, the casting off of this skin, represents the release of old ways of thinking. The fresh new skin found underneath is rebirth and new beginnings…purification
Present at centre stage are the artist’s at-work objects, such as clothes, a pair of shoes, socks, pants, shirt, eyeglasses, a cigarette rolling machine, and a hand-made drawing book. These belongings are integral to the theme of the show.
Rendering fluently low-key subjects, makes Gon’s vulnerably rooted self open to the sublime. Certainty becomes a tested act in painting.
Since his debut in 1989, Gon’s art has garnered attention, and has been collected by the National Art Gallery of Albania. The artist lives and works in Athens, Greece.