Aleksander Hardashnakov

Art by Aleksander Hardashnakov; photo by Brian Bukowski; copyright 2020; all rights reserved
round up
round down
wound up
and ground
down
it can seem
like a 
terrible
dream

    make a 
     wish 
      knowing
       it cant go
        on like
         this

    mal  society fails
    all
    toss a penny
    and pray
    before it falls
we wont slip under
                      the sickle

this may not be hell
      but all is not
            WELL

Aleksander Hardashnakov (b. 1982, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo shows include Union Pacific, London; Roberta Pelan, Toronto; 1857, Oslo; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Tomorrow, New York. His work has been part of group exhibitions at Stereo, Warsaw; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; Dortmunder Kunstverein, and Le Magasin, Grenoble, among others. He is also co-director of the project space The Loon in Toronto.

Oliver Roberts

In late May, of 2020, Oliver Roberts looked around his city, and mashed up what he saw happening with an original work by Calford Barker junior. The original appears below.

“Well buddy! What it gonna be today? Are you with me? Or against me?

‘Carl’ Calford Barker Jr. was born in Birmingham, AL sometime in the early to mid 1920’s. His father died of tuberculosis and his mother passed away soon after, effectively orphaning Calford from what Murphy believes was the age of 6 or 7. He was raised by his grandmother, and bounced around from relative to relative as he came of age in Birmingham. His childhood and adolescents was sculpted and scarred by the bitter racism and segregation that marred Alabama and the entire United States during this time. He would work as caddy at a local country club, carrying clubs and refreshments for wealthy, white members; they would stick cigars in his mouth and take photos of him for their friends and family. As a result, Calford vehemently despised racism and segregation, and the humiliation that he endured as a young black boy and man in the United States. Like many of his time, he withheld a great suspicion of the white person’s ability to be racist and to perpetuate racism. He would often refer to his hometown as the colloquial “Bombingham”, referring to the fifty or so bombings that would terrorize black people and their communities in Birmingham in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. These experiences and understandings as a black man would shape Calford’s identity as he began to reveal more of his past to members of the ODC in the years before he passed.

ON/side our Walls

design by Aleksander Hardashnakov

In the midst of a global pandemic we have, among other things, found ourselves without a venue for anything except relief efforts for the most vulnerable. We are known for our long-standing interest in justice, but we also care deeply about art, music and beauty.

Our Community Director Zachary Grant proposed an outdoor exhibit on our walls where they can bee seen by passersby and also be shared online. He and Oliver Roberts of Loon Gallery together curated this small show of three pieces. We welcome your comments and look forward to exhibiting more work through the summer, including inside if that becomes possible.

Sending Onward

This morning marked the last Sunday of Sherman’s ministry here at Holy Trinity. He has been our incumbent here through 12 years of significant change. We typically have what we call a “Spider Blessing” to send members out to new work and places, but we have had to modify how we do things in these times. Here is a composite image of our Zoom Spider Blessing sending Sherman on his way to his new home on the west coast. Bon Voyage and thank you Sherman.