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Abstracted Memories

Alex Borghesan

September 1 - September 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9 – 7-10 pm

When we were children we had a wonderful and uninhibited access to our imaginations allowing us to see and embrace our surrounding cityscapes very differently from our perspective as adults. Growing up in the east end of Hamilton, Ontario a large part of Alex’s youth was spent traveling around the Hamilton area. Alex had his own share of adventures, from urban hikes to bike rides along the Red Hill.

Several years ago Alex embarked on a journey to live and study in Thunder Bay, Ontario which was his first time living away from home. In the Summer of 2015 he returned to Hamilton and while the first few months were a blur of city shock and adrenaline, Alex found solace in the elements and landmarks from his memories. Spending his initial energies to re-explore memorable locations; late night coffee runs on Barton or Sunday bike trips to Albian Falls all served as a comfort of what was the Hamilton he remembered while also discovering new development.

During this period, Alex reflected heavily on his youth bringing forth old thoughts about what each area used to represent. From the Cathedral, to a Lighthouse helping tired automotive travellers find their way home, to the Anvil Stone separated from Albion Falls during a cataclysm. Lets not forget about the volatile factories rooted in the founding energies of the city yet often under a dark cloud. Each location an imaginary adventure within the grips of a growing and expanding city.

The prints intros exhibition make use of a modified intaglio process, that had replaced the metal plate for a Plexiglas plate. Solvents, chemical interactions and power tools are utilized to create a variety of marks upon the surface. Each and every ink used is modified, controlling the specific viscosity or creating new colours for the inclusion of materials found around Hamilton. Iron Oxide from rail spikes and powdered coal from the steel mills come together to create unique Hamiltonian prints.