After leaving all settlements behind – Peterborough emerges. An industrial town, its livelihood in repair. Painter Alex Bierk captures with his camera and phone unsuspecting moments; documenting the unsettling, the mundane, and the profound. These momentary recordings exposing the spectrum of daily life are used by Bierk as catalysts for his painstaking photorealistic watercolours and paintings. With a poet’s eye, Bierk crystallizes moments of displacement, defiance, youth, escape, acceptance, and longing in monochromatic paintings and colour photographs.
Alex Bierk is one seven siblings, three of which (Charles, Nick, & Jeff) are also highly regarded artists in their own right. He is the son of David Bierk, from whom the learned the craft of meticulously planning artwork using an underlying grid. Bierk’s first solo show, 2014’s “Pitfalls & Withdrawls” at General Hardware (Toronto), was a successful debut and since then he was been recognized by the Toronto Star, Canadian Art Magazine, and numerous news outlets for his exquisite technical skill, eerie mood, and personal subject matter. His paintings are included in the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto Dominion Bank as well as in private collections.
Complementing Bierk’s photographs and artwork is a new essay by novelist and short-story writer Derek McCormack whose eleven published works include The Show That Smells(Akashic Books, 2009) and The Well-Dressed Wound (Semiotext(e), 2015).