Vie Des Arts
Spring issue 2006
John K. Grande
". . . With Brent Bukowski's installation A Piece of the Pie, glass can be broken, or it can be thick and impervious, and it forms a window with its multiform collaged effects and distinctly industrial borders. These interesting sculpture/structures are a statement of sorts on the rapacious character of global resource statistics from the present with those of 50 years ago. We sense how resources, labour and capital can be wasted, and if so, have long lasting effects on the environments we live in and our children will depend on for their survival. As pie charts, these sculpture objects look almost science fiction, imaginative, even utopian, and involve layers of broken and cut glass. Contained as they are in metal frames from discarded hot water heaters, they build a dynamic that visually carries a tragic sense of the power and destructive capacity of consumerism over what is actually a brief period of time (50 years) in historical terms revealing, as they do, gross domestic product figures, world water consumption, greenhouse ozone depletion statistics. Brent Bukowski's bricolage carries with it the marks of time, and industrial use, and his use of materials is confident and innovates. Looking at the cogs, wheel sections, metal chains, metal screens, nuts and bolts, and found glass, even mirror fragments, they make singular and impressive arrays. What each composition tells us, is that we seem to have lost any sense of consecutive time, of a lineage of cause and effect, and as timepieces, for they could be, they seem to be stopped by physics, the violence of impact, or even simple deterioration. Stopped in their tracks . . . and as such they give us cause to reflect on the state of global culture, over-production and the consumer ethos that drives technology forward. British Columbia-based Bukowski does it by treading lightly, with a profound sense of the limits to resources, and to culture if those resources run out."
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