Ashkenaz and the Al Green Gallery present
I Am From Here: The Paintings of Maciej Frankiewicz
Al Green Gallery, 64 Merton St. (Yonge/Davisville)
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition continues through July 8th, 2010.
Viewing hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 12-5pm; Thursdays 12-7pm; Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
For more info phone the Al Green Gallery at 416-440-3084 or contact Ashkenaz at 416-979-9901
A portion of proceeds will benefit the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival
The incredibly unique and beautiful paintings by Polish artist Maciej Frankiewicz elicited a powerful response from our audience at the 2008 Ashkenaz Festival, including many inquiries to purchase the work right off the walls of Harbourfront Centre. We are thrilled now to partner with the Al Green Gallery in re-mounting an extended two-week exhibit and sale of this artists’ extraordinary, one-of-a-kind works.
Maciej Frankiewicz was born in 1968 in Starachowice, Poland, previously known as Wierzbnik to its once-sizable Jewish population. Frankiewicz has devoted much of his adult life to preserving the memory of a world and a people he never knew. He has worked in collaboration with North American and Israeli-based organizations of Jewish landslayt (former townspeople) from Wierzbnik/Starachowice, to restore and preserve the remains of the Wierzbnik Jewish cemetery and establish the “Memorial Room of the Wierzbnik Jews” in the Starachowice cultural centre. As a prolific painter he has produced hundreds of works depicting his vision of former Jewish life in Wierzbnik. These striking works are by turns surreal, provocative, and romantic, inhabiting an amorphous realm somewhere between “slice of life” documentary and nostalgic fantasy. In his various capacities as artist, historian, researcher, collector, and activist, Frankiewicz signals hope for the continuing preservation of the memory of the lost Jewish worlds of Poland, by those who grapple with the legacy of the Holocaust on their own soil.