Some Assembly Required, by Lisa Wegner
April 26 – 29, 2012
Opening night reception April 26, 7 - 10 p.m.
Artscape Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell Street, Toronto
I started pixel painting when I was recovering from illness; I came up with the process during my art therapy. When I experienced waves of anxiety I would pixel paint to calm myself down. I literally would sit down at my computer, go out of myself and make something without any deliberate thinking whatsoever.
Using a variety of techniques I interrogate traditional expectations and limitations of photography. My canvas, or the matrix I play in, is a digitized photograph or image which is photographed of found. The process is entirely organic, with fluid improvisation and no rules. My goal is an expressive image that is the emotional equivalent to what I visualize. I love that I can do anything in this reality, things that occur in my imagination. I can make anything I want and anything can have any colour, texture and exist anywhere. My face, taken by my computer webcam as I'm working, appears in many of my images. At first I wasn't sure why, but now I understand that it's my filter and reflects that everything you see is computer made. It's a kind of signature. Already in the first several months of intense pixel painting I have found evolving styles of working and remain very much influenced by the dada movement.
These pixel paintings started as a form of art therapy, I was putting my brain back together. I realized a long time ago that I make art and films for myself, but if just one person likes something I've made, it makes it all feel worth it on a new level. As I progressed, it dawned on me that this was the way back – art saved my life – literally.
Lisa Anita Wegner