Sculptor Blake Senini has explored the interaction of light with architectural forms for over a decade, particular with the negative spaces between structures that enclose light. He strives to evoke the same quality of light found in great cathedrals, churches, temples, and synagogues. Senini also integrates the nature of film in his work: light and the repetition of images creating movement and narrative. His installation A Foreign Film comprised six large scale random shapes repeated in laminated wood of up to thirty layers, then illuminated with a shadow effect mimicking the transparency and movement of film. Inspiration for Senini comes from deep and detailed observation. Discovering the sawdust trails of tiny spiders on nocturnal reconnaissance in his studio, Senini photographed what he suddenly saw as ‘drawings’ through his artistic lens.
Tracing the drawings onto paper templates and cutting them from ½ inch steel, the result became “The Night Watch” sculptures. Senini studied at Malaspina College, Nanaimo, and holds a BFA Honours in Sculpture from University of Victoria and an MFA Honours in Sculpture from University of Calgary. He teaches at ACAD, and has won grants from Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada Council.
Selected solo exhibitions: This History Haunts Me, Skew Gallery, Eighth Avenue Place (2013); We Are All In The Same Air, Skew Gallery (2009); Selected Works,
Summit Gallery, Banff (2006). Selected group exhibitions: Generations: 50 Years of Art at the University And Beyond, Nickle Gallery (2016); 90×90: Celebrating Art
in Alberta, Art Gallery of Alberta (2015); Made in Calgary: The 2000s, The 1990s, The 1980s, Glenbow Museum (2013-14); Centennial Collection Exhibition, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Gallery, Edmonton (2008). His work appears in collections such as: Cenovus Energy; Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Governor General of Canada Art Collection, Ottawa; Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Canada Council Art Bank; British Petroleum;
Blake Senini “Darkness”
24″ x 40″ x 6″
Metal Leaf and Enamel over Laminated Wood
Live Auction Lot #22
Fair Market Value $3000