Sunday, May 03, 2009

Ana Rewakowicz - Remembering Series

"Dressware" was inspired by the legacy of Archigram. They investigated the relation between cities and new technologies, regarding fun, play and pleasure as their projects rationale and developed among many other works, single space, portable units called "Suitaloon" and "Cushicle"(Michael Webb), 2003.

In a press release, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal showcased APPEARANCES, May 27 to September 11, 2005. The exhibition included early or mid-career Canadian artists the likes of, Ana Rewakowicz. I remember seeing the banner online with a work I had seen before. Ana Rewakowicz's beginnings as I recalled was in the foyer of the Ontario college of Art. She spoke broken English and tried her best to have a conversation without feeling uncomfortable. She is Polish of Ukrainian heritage.

The circumstances that brought her to Canada were never discussed, I felt she was alone in this cold unfriendly city called Toronto. But Ana had a reputation of being a Bitch, she came across hard and perhaps had the persona to protect herself, but to also boost her art career as she takes it very seriously in its profession and vocation. She also looked like Madonna and made a student video singing one of her popular tunes in error. Ana made fun of it when last I saw her in 2003. She, Kika Thorne and Eric Glavin were my fellow co-players for an industrial sound sculpture I made in 1990.

Misha says sorry, I had it with the pain, now I can walk and jump for food, gimme, gimme, gimme

Ana Rewakowicz has settled herself in Quebec, and works with self containing modules or independent livable housing as inflatables. Its about displacement. I spent a few days in Montreal with her and her partner Anthony Seaberg. I remember walking with Misha, their very, very, very, much, loved three legged dog, Thats another story in its self.

Immersive installation by Montreal-based artists Ingrid Bachmann, Lorraine Oades and Ana Rewakowicz. Sonar 3 was presented by cafka, September 2007 at the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Kitchener City Hall, Ontario

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