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April 15, 2014

Identifying art history references in cinema can be an exhilarating pursuit. I’m sourcing material for a lecture exploring art in films and how films influence visual artists.  This will be the third part in the Synchronicities: Art & Cinema presentation series.

Over the weekend I watched Lars von Trier’s 2011 apocalyptic psychodrama Melancholia. The movie poster for this film was the hook. Kristen Dunst as Ophelia–specifically John Everett Millais’s version. This mid-nineteenth century painting is recreated by von Trier in the opening dream sequence and later referenced along with other historical works illustrated in art monographs. Most were immediately recognizable (Malevich, Caravaggio, Millais, Bruegel) while others took a few days to put a name to the image (Hill, Blake).

Here’s a clip of the bookshelf episode from the movie along with freeze frames, artists, titles and dates of the works. Enjoy!

January 16, 2013

With the new year begins a new exhibition season. Yesterday was an installation day at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP). A solo show of my latest drawings will open this Saturday, January 19th. Pictured below are a few shots of me putting up some charcoal drawing inspired by 60’s European cinema.

The show will open with a presentation titled Synchronicities: Art & CinemaWith this illustrated talk, I’ll survey artists who are inspired by film and who in-turn inspire me with their work: John Abrams, Peter Doig, Mathieu Dufois, Douglas Gordon, Christian Marclay, Sheena Mcrae and Cindy Sherman

Where: Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario

When: Saturday, January 19th, 1:00 p.m.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Installing "The Waiting"

The shows at the AGP will continue until March 17th, 2013. Hope to see you in Peterborough…