Alex McLeod, Sandy Space Beach (detail), 2013. C-print. 40" x 60".
Colin Carney, Sway (detail), 2011, archival digital print, 45 x 30″.
Colin Carney, Linda Risacher Copp, Barry McCarthy and Alex McCleod
March 8 to April 6, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 2pm to 4pm
Artists' round table and tour of the exhibition: Saturday March 29
The grit and matter of land are paralleled by the pigments and pixels of the artistic process. While some landscape images beguile us with their illusionistic depths, this exhibition calls attention to the surfaces of the artworks themselves, the materials and processes that bring the landscapes to life.
The 'landscape' genre abounds with pictorial conventions, that artists may employ or upend. Each of these artists stakes out particular ground, opening precise views into the meanings and possibilities of landscape images. Working in 4 different mediums, it becomes clear that the artists are drawn to specific physical qualities in their chosen material -- that these materials become integral to the expressive force of their works.
The artists employ the materiality of their chosen medium to harness a unique vision of space and place. From the transparent layers of oil glazes, to the "thinking in reverse" required in Batik, each process reveals new possibilities. From lens-based work grounded in particular experiences and places, to the fantastical vistas of virtual reality, these works reflect on the natural and constructed spaces in which we live.
Colin Carney layers numerous photographs to build images with a sense of accumulated time, memory, and place. Linda Risacher Copp uses batik, an intricate process wax resists, to develop rhythmic and luminous works of a uniquely organic quality. Barry McCarthy's saturated hues, in oil and watercolour, are layered to create vibrant illusionistic spaces. Alex McCleod's digital prints, created with 3D modeling software, explode the conventions of computer games and simulations to create imaginative and surreal worlds.
Curated by Phil Irish
Elora Centre for the Arts
75 Melville St. Elora ON, N0B 1S0
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