June 4, 2010
It’s been a hectic installation week both here at Station Gallery with Darlene Cole’s show, as well as a group show at the Visual Arts Centre that I’m showing in along with Jane Eccles and Chris Down. At this point, there are only finishing touches left for both exhibitions. Darlene’s show looks elegant. Earlier in the week, when she brought her canvases, the smell of the oil paintings made me long for those college years when I painted. There’s something about the sense of smell that elicits the past in such an immediate way. Oil painting is the perfect medium for conveying memory and Darlene’s show certainly does that very well.
The VAC show titled After Pictures is an initiative of Todd Tremeer who is the guest curator of the project and it explores the connection between hand-generated visual art with lens-based media, like movies and photos. I enjoyed Todd’s observation of how many artists today use photo sources much as artists in the past used preparatory sketches for larger works. His thesis is tested in After Pictures. Jane’s paintings are skilled representations which add a rich colour to the show. It’s been almost a decade since I saw Chris’s work at Western; his new drawings are edgy and visceral. To this mix, I’ve added some old and newer pieces sourced from Soviet photos and Italian films. I’m most excited about a new work in the third floor loft space. It’s a huge projection of burning drawings. I can’t wait for some feedback on this video. So, the stage is set–this Sunday will be the opening reception at the VAC–hope you can make it.