The drawing Untitled is part of a series of drawings made in conjunction with the Nervous Lattice series of paintings (Battat Contemporary, Jan. 2012). The drawings were made using motifs taken from working and finished paintings. Similar to the paintings, the drawings were made following the parameters of various generative systems. In this sense, the drawings are not studies for the paintings but act as a related yet divergent forum, in which the motifs used explore latent potentials and novel relationships.
Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline was born in Winnipeg. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Columbia University, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Nervous Lattice, at Battat Contemporary, Montreal, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline: Recent Paintings and Drawings, at Mullherin Pollard, New York, and Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, at Heather James, Palm Springs, California.
Kaktins-Gorsline’s work has been featured in recent group exhibitions, including Re-Configuring Abstraction, School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba; Indivisible, Foreman Art Gallery, Sherbrooke; Here We Aren’t So Quickly, Thierry Goldberg, New York; The Phoenix Art: The Renewed Art of Contemporary Painting, curated by Robert Enright, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal; and The Open, Deitch Studios, New York. Kaktins-Gorsline was a semi-finalist in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. In 2011 he was also the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant. He currently lives and works in Winnipeg, where he is an instructor at the University of Manitoba.
Represented by Battat Contemporary, Montréal