Talking art at Station Gallery

Throughout history, artwork has been suppressed and censored due to an array of reasons such as nudity and religion. Whitby Station Gallery curator, Olexander Wlasenko, will deliver an Art Talk about censorship in art labelled ‘Naughty Bits’ on Oct. 1.

Wlasenko’s Art Talks explore a variety of topics ranging from genres of art, art history and the creative process.

“The impulse (for the Art Talks) was to get people interested and engaged in art and particularly art history, then apply that to contemporary art,” says Wlasenko.

The largest series of Art Talks Wlasenko has explored is called ‘Synchronicities,’ where he discusses the connections to art in films. He is currently up to his ninth installment.

A spinoff to this series is an art talk called ‘Overlooked Canadian Art in The Shining’ where he has found numerous Canadian art pieces located in the film.

Wlasenko says the Art Talks have a following and the audience can be as much as 50. The average audience is about 25-30 people.

Viewers don’t have to be art majors to attend these events. Wlasenko says he keeps the talks easily understandable to a general audience.

“I think if we know about art, then our lives are that much more fulfilled and enriched,” says Wlasenko.

The Station Gallery has a long history in the Durham Region. Their website describes the gallery as a “creative hub in the community.”

The gallery is built in a reformed train station, previously known as Grand Trunk Railway station. The space was purchased in 1969 by a group of art enthusiasts in the community.

Station Gallery holds many events from Summer Art Camps to cultural art ceremonies like their Day of the Dead Celebration in November.

Their most common events are Wlasenko’s Art Talks which occur twice a month: the first Monday and the third Thursday.