Phantom Limbs

Kristin Bjornerud and Erik Jerezano
February 23, 2013 to March 30, 2013

Working in watercolour, gouache and ink, Ottawa based Kristin Bjornerud and Toronto based Erik Jerezano tap deep into the subconscious in a new suite of collaborative drawings. Sending freshly started fragments of work through the mail to one another the two artists begin a process of intervention into the other's drawings until they undergo an alchemical metamorphosis. The resulting works delicately and viscerally conjure the surreal and the fantastical.

Both Bjornerud and Jerezano bring a strong narrative sensibility to their individual practices but with completely different approaches that result in mash-ups that extend and transcend the sum of their parts. Individually the two artists explore contemporary political themes, ecological motifs, personal narrative and myth making through the lenses of folk tales, dreams, magical realism and the phantasmagorical.

Born in Alberta in 1980, Kristin Bjornerud currently lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.She received her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (2005) and has since been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Ontario Arts Council, including a Chalmers Fellowship in 2011.  In 2010 she was awarded the Brucebo Fine Art Foundation scholarship resulting in a three-month residency on the Swedish Island of Gotland.  Her work is included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection as well as various corporate and private collections.

Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who arrived in Toronto in 2001. Since then, he has exhibited his work in galleries and artist-run centers across Canada, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, he was awarded a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist grant, Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist grant and his work was selected by the Drawing Center viewing program in New York. In 2004, he and two other artists created Z’otz* Collective - another collaborative project that employs drawing, painting, collage, portable sculpture and the written word.  He has also been involved in multiple community based mural projects in Mexico City.