May 9 to June 2, 2020
Holger Kalberg’s new paintings continue to reflect his belief in the promise of painting as a tool for ideas. He is especially intrigued by paintings that are connected to the concepts and aesthetics of modernism and abstraction, and the relationships of these elements to utopian concepts. His latest works are a combination of historical and current cultural influences and references.
Kalberg’s works are created through a process of painting a series of layered images onto a single canvas. The paintings are then sanded and scraped to reveal previous layers, creating a cannibalized final image that references the process of the artist’s studio practice, and the pursuit for—and loss of—control.
Holger Kalberg was born in Germany and currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from Emily Carr University (BFA, 2001) and the Chelsea School of Art in London (MFA, 2007). Kalberg has been shortlisted for the RBC Painting Competition on three separate occasions, and served on the jury for the 2013 award. Kalberg has recently exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the University of Manitoba, the Belkin Satellite Gallery, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. His work is collected by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, TD Bank, the Belkin Gallery, and numerous other public and private collections.