Paintings by Maria Lezon; Drawings and performance by Bozica Radjenovic
Exhibition: June 13 – June 15, 2014
Vernissage: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 18:00–21:00
Performance: Crossing the Blood Lines June 14, 15:00
In Keeping the Fire, Maria Lezon and Bozica Radjenovic’s paintings and drawings utilize the concept of fire to address questions of narration and place. Lezon’s characters, taken from children’s fairy tales, serve as archetypes for good and bad, while Radjenovic explores the ambiguous character of the colour red.
This exhibition investigates all aspect of fire, both literal and symbolic. Fire is precious, requiring constant attention and containment in a special place – the hearth. For these two artists, whose creative practices are nomadic in character, constricting fire to this one location is impossible.
About the artists:
Maria Lezón was raised and educated in the Basque Country of Spain. She is an Honours BFA graduate from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Since 1995, she has continued to further her art studies in Art history and studio work at undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada and Spain. Living and working in both Ottawa and Spain, she is now a full time international artist.
At an artist talk hosted at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in January of 2010, she stated, “My challenge is to find a balance between beauty, humour and concept.”
Bozica Radjenovic was born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (1989) and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Faculty of Fine Arts (1991) in Belgrade. In 1993 she moved to Canada during the civil war in former Yugoslavia. Radjenovic has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently at The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Canada, Quartair Artist Initiative at The Hague, The Netherlands and Cultural Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. Her work can be seen in Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade, City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection and various private collections in Canada and Europe.