Artwork is a form of expression. It helps to express an individual, a place or a group. We think that Locus is an expression of our community, and that community is a beautiful medley of many different kinds of people, different ideas, and different expressions. This is one of the reasons that we have embraced featuring a new local artist every several months. Locus offers a venue for the artist to express him or herself and in turn express a bit of that segment of community that we want Locus to be a part of.
And a new year means new artwork. At the beginning of the year we introduced our current artist, Simon Haiduk, who will be presenting his work for another month. Haiduk is a predominantly self-taught artist but also attained formal training from Vancovuer Film School in Digital Design. His art is arranged into four categories: ‘Sanctuaries’, which focuses on forest and earth tones; ‘Cosmic frequencies’, which explores inner and outer space; ‘Daydreams’, which covers concepts, experiments, and “in-betweens”; and sketches.
Haiduk’s artwork is a breath of fresh air and an interesting and provocative statement. To understand what motivates Haiduk, let’s see what the artist has to say for himself: According to Haiduk, “Empowering my creative force is the love, respect, and understanding that all life comes from the same source and can be shared in many ways. This exhibit reflects the awareness of reconnecting to our planet as a living entity, and represents natural sanctuaries where peace is found in presence. I strive to find ways of producing work and living life that maintain this harmony between the Earth and its shared inhabitants. Each creation reflects an aspect of this journey, thinning the veil between physical and metaphysical realities in an unfolding awareness of that which connects us all.”
Haiduk has proposed a daunting task for himself, and yet he delivers. His work has not only soothed my senses and helped me reconnect with the earth in today’s concrete jungle (without even leaving the city!) but provoked me to think of where I stand in the universe. But everyone’s experience is different – that’s one of the beauties of artwork. Come and see for yourself. See what Haiduk’s work evokes in you. Come in and check out the artwork, meditate on the meaning of the painting (and/or life), or just enjoy looking at a different setting than your living room!
Haiduk is offering his artwork for sale on canvas and in print at Locus. Check out Haiduk’s website (with portfolio) online: www.simonhaiduk.com/.
We are always accepting portfolios of local artists. If you or a friend of yours is an artist looking for a place to showcase your/their work, please contact us. We look forward to seeing your perspective!