Kristi Ropeleski

Home: Montréal, Québec
Title: White noise
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 91.5 x 122 cm

I’m interested in the subtle tension that exists within the relationship between context and subject. In White Noise, the subject is presented in a gesture that is not falling nor floating on a white plane. The disembodied head hovers in a state that is uncertain, its gaze is intimate yet diffused. The white ground, seen as an extension of the gallery’s wall, into infinite space, invites the viewer to imagine a new space, within which being in relationship with the giant head is possible. The subject is rendered to a point where it concurrently suggests reality and fabrication. As such, it is positioned at the intersection of perception and imagination.

2006-2008 York University, MFA in Visual Arts.
1998-2002 Concordia University, BFA in Studio Art. Conferred with distinction.
1995-1997 Dawson College, DEC in Fine Arts.

2008 White Noise, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 Look at Me Whe¬¬n I’m Talking to You, Artguise, Ottawa, Ontario.
2003 Blood Harmony, Zeke’s Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.

2008 The Body as Image, The Philoctetes Center, New York, NY. Curated by Hallie Cohen
2008 Peinture Fraiche, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec.
2008 he Art of the Human Canvas, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto.
2008 Commited to Ink, curated by Susan Bush, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, California.

2009 Painting Instructor, Dawson College, Montréal, Québec.
2007 Painting Instructor, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

2009 Artistic research and creation grant B, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec
2007 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant
2006 The Elizabeth Greenshields Award

2008 “Attention: Peinture Fraiche”, Jocelyn Lepage, La Presse, le 2 aout 2008.[/three_fourth]91.5 x 122 cm91.5 x 122 cm
2008 “Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting”, Magenta Publishing Foundation, Toronto Ontario.
2008 “What to See in Toronto”, Time Out New York.
2008 “Bodies of Work”, by Josef Woodward, The Santa Barbara News Press.
2006 “Portraits in the Flesh”, by Christina Bagatavicius, NY Arts, Nov/December vol.13, no.11/12.
2005 “Major Artists and Their Muses”, by Henry Lehman, The Gazette, CanWest, Mar 5th ‘05 p. D4.
2005 “Bodies Without Organs”, by Andres Manniste, essay for Faces and Transitions catalogue, independent publication.
2004 “Portraits of a Lady Once Disdained”, by Paul Gessel, The Ottawa Citizen, CanWest, Oct 14th ‘04 p. E1.
2004 “Paintings Stare Back” by Bernard Perusse, The Gazette, CanWest, Feb 6th ‘04 p.D9.
2004 “Identity License” by Mathew Woodley, Montréal Mirror, Gratte Ciel Communications Ltee. 2004 vol 19 number 30 p.35. Cover Story.