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Item Name: Print
Title: The Last Dance Hall
Maker: Richard Gorenko
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph 2/4
Measurements: in frame: 66.5 cm x 66.5 cm; work: 49.5 cm x 49.5 cm
ID Number: ART 210
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Entitled “The Last Dance Hall” this lithographic print features the silhouette of a building that may be based on the iconic Danceland Ballroom located in Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan. Richard Gorenko’s imagery is drawn from his experience of living in the prairies. His images are cartoon-like, using bold outlines to create simplified images of railways, grain elevators, highways, and buildings in a minimal landscape. Gorenko developed this approach to imagery while studying at the University of Calgary, refining his representation of architecture and land into symbols to define his experience of “place”. His iconography invites us to consider local identity and our own connection to where we live. Richard Gorenko (1954- ) was born in Canora, Saskatchewan. He earned a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979, an MA from the University of Dallas in 1980, and an MFA from the University of Calgary in 1982. He has taught painting, drawing, and printmaking as a lecturer, professor, and artist-in-residence at various institutions, including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Prince Albert), University of Victoria, and Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts) in Calgary. Currently based in British Columbia, Gorenko has exhibited nationally, and his artwork is held in private and public collections.