ARTISTS: Laura Payne + Dee Barsy
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 5 at 7PM
EXHIBITION DATES: April 5 – May 3, 2019
Reimagining the traditional flat canvas, these works invite the viewer to gaze beyond the two-dimensional plane and to question the physical nature of the art objects themselves. Both artists hail from the prairies, where any slight incline or any disturbance on the horizon is magnified and exaggerated. These playful, nuanced experiments with depth and perspective both echo and push against the reality of existing in a landscape that is a seemingly endless plain/plane.
abstract written by Andrew Eastman
exhibition curated by Paul Zacharias
As digital media continues to influence the trajectory of painting, this body of work explores an amalgam of digital techniques and forms. Using three-dimensional modelling software as a compositional foundation, intersecting forms are painted with distorted simulacra. Source imagery is obscured based on various methods of manipulation, including slitscan photography and digital noise, resulting in elusive and mysterious surfaces. While the paintings feel virtual, optical, and abstract, they represent a pure and infinite physicality in the medium of paint that digital media has not risen to. The result is trompe-l’œil of a subject that may or may not exist, aligning the theosophy of abstraction with the worship of the illuminated screen.
…attraction, but I turned aside is an integral step in my artistic development and comes in the form of a series of sculptural paintings. Through my experimentation with light and shadow, I am exploring the relationship between my painted, shaped, and multi-layered wood panels and the surrounding interior space in which they are installed.
In other words, my growing visual language provides a new layer of meaning for my conceptual practice. In the past, I have explored my inner psychology, the interconnected familial relationships that shape me, and my connection with the individual viewer. From this series, an interest in my relationship with urban space emerges.
Incidentally, this painting installation is inclusive and open-ended with many visual entry points. That is to say, each viewer has the opportunity to manifest recognizable forms or to find an attraction to various parts of the abstract arrangement. This feature of my artwork is stimulated by individual experience and memory.
All works will be available for purchase.
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