November 11, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Howard Podeswa, Heaven (detail), 2015, oil on canvas, 2.74 x 4.57 m. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of the Artist.
A reflection on the current state of the world, Toronto-based artist Howard Podeswa’s exhibition, A Brief History, articulates an end-of-times cosmology inspired by artistic and scientific visions. In this series of paintings, the immersive compositions build upon intricate layers of personal and historical references to convey a complex meditation on the human condition and notions of time.
Howard Podeswa lives and works in Toronto, ON. Over the past 27 years he has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and South Africa. His work often begins with personal history as a catalyst for meditations on art historical legacies, physics, theories of perception, and the state of the world.
Curated by Mona Filip for the Koffler Gallery in Toronto in 2016, A Brief History is accompanied by a publication with a commissioned essay by John Bentley Mays and a conversation between artists Howard Podeswa and Stephen Andrews.