Prototype Show: Phillip Bandura – Gay Be Gone Russian Gold

April 1 – May 2, 2014, Tiny Gallery Prototype – Bridgeland Market,  1104 1 Ave NE

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Artist’s Statement: Freedomco is a fictitious company that I created to parody promotions of “freedom” and “security” in a variety of ways. As such, the work often deals with how I interpret my experiences as a gay man in contemporary western culture and the world. It is my intention that my works are seen as humorous and that humor will act as a vehicle to address the seriousness of the underlying content. The fundamental goal is to engender dialog among and between queer and straight communities. “Gay Be Gone Russian Gold” was created in response to the anti-gay laws in Russia. The tonic would fulfill the dream of the Russian government, by “curing” being gay. “Gay Be Gone Russian Gold”  is one of a number of tonics Freedomco makes and is the second in the Gay Be Gone series.

Artist Bio: After graduating with distinction from the ACAD glass program in 2005, Phillip Bandura co-founded Bee Kingdom Glass Collective with Tim Belliveau and Ryan Fairweather. With Bee Kingdom, Phillip has been a centerpiece designer for Pilchuck Glass School (2008) and has received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (2010) and Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (2010).  Most recently, in 2012, he assisted in launching Berlin Glas, the first-ever hot glass studio in Berlin, Germany.

Phillip has a wide range of artistic and conceptual interests. Common themes in his art are the ideas of play and light-hearted satire. Phillip has completed residencies at Espace Verre in Montreal, QC; the Glass Furnace in Ogumce, Turkey; and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. He has shown both nationally and internationally at venues such as the Art Gallery of Calgary, AB; The Works Festival in Edmonton, AB; the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany; the 2010 Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea; and Pictoplasma in Berlin, Germany.

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