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Kizi Spielmann Rose, Warbler, 2020, oil and pastel on panel, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.) (KSR004)

Kizi Spielmann Rose: No Fixed Itinerary

January 7 - February 5, 2022

here, Pittsburgh is pleased to present, No Fixed Itinerary, a solo exhibition by Canadian painter, Kizi Spielmann Rose. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. The opening reception will take place Friday, January 7, 2022, from 6 to 8pm.

Kizi Spielmann Rose approaches his work in a slow, deliberate and organized way. Spielmann Rose starts each work without a specific subject in mind, without an explicit intention, but rather begins working in an automatic way, waiting for a structure to reveal itself. The structure that arises makes its own demands—a meaning, and a feeling make themselves known. Much like the work of Jean Arp, who believed in the marriage of chance and artistic production, or Contemporary German painter, Tomma Abts, the subject of Rose’s paintings is ultimately the process of their own creation.

Spielmann Rose makes these paintings by carving through the uppermost oil layer to reveal the underlying pastel background – a process reminiscent of the familiar childhood activity of rainbow scratch art where an etching tool is used on a black surface to reveal a multicolored background. The resultant undulating lines, or “waves” as Spielmann Rose describes, offer a visual anchor of repetition around which a high degree of chromatic and compositional difference is unified.

In No Fixed Itinerary, the titles do not necessarily follow any strict logic, Spielmann Rose confesses. Some titles are descriptive, like in Net (2021), whose surface appears braided and twisted. However, coming from a wide range of sources, from literature to folk songs, the titles ultimately “feel right,” and the combination of text and image have created the desired effect. In the work Snore, Drool, Dream (2021), Spielmann Rose cannot recall if he heard, read, or simply invented this phrase, however, as Rose stresses, “this title makes me see the work differently – as a contemplation of the pleasure, vulnerability, and psychedelia of sleep.”

Kizi Spielmann Rose (b. 1992, Ontario, Canada) received his MFA in painting from the University of Ottawa in 2017. The artist has exhibited at galleries and institutions throughout Canada, including Studio 21, Halifax; Gallery House, Toronto; Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and at Art Mûr, Montreal, among others. Spielmann Rose currently lives and works in Halifax, Canada.