Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:15pm
This exhibition brings together a collection of oil paintings inspired by surrealist works with a contemporary exploration of meaning, intimacy and relationships. Ali Sheikh wrote:
This body of work sums up my first venture into oil portraiture. The series of three, inspired by surrealist works, explores the strange charm of a piece lacking context and the concept of finding meaning from nonsense, through dreamlike backdrops and hovering produce. Humidity aims to create an intimate, almost uncomfortable experience for the viewer, either provoking a sense of understanding with the subject or rather an awkward, claustrophobic feeling. The double portrait Affixed depicts two figures, partly converging, and is inspired by the relationship between how close one can be to another yet how little one may actually know about the other.
Venue & Address:
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Veronika Szkudlarek is interested in the interdisciplinary and innovative possibilities of paint and digital imaging. She uses traditional analogue material like oil paints with animation software like Cinema 4D, After Effects, Dragonframe and Photoshop. She looks to areas of growth, including technology and expanded practices for inspiration most recently using VR technology to make 3D paintings.
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in Drawing and Painting in 1972, I spent several years painting from observation, my principle theme being the human figure. Over the years my approach toward my subject became increasingly interpretive as I gradually transformed the figure into a metaphor of life.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 5:00am
XEXE Gallery would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Brynley Longman's exhibition entitled Plan B, a wonderful series of lush oil paintings cunningly depicting civilization's encroachment onto untouched environments.
"Power lines are many things to me. They represent the expansion of the human race, they are everywhere yet hardly noticed, accepted as everyday landscape but inexorably expanding. Our species plows into nature and leave hooks that resist all but the strongest of winds, they stand impervious to snow and rain. We talk of impending doom due to our treatment of the earth. One side claims loudly that climate change is all just environmental bandwagoning, and that we are experiencing a natural cycle, the other greener side shout that natural cycles don't happen over such a short course of time, and that we must mend our ways today and not tomorrow. Would we let world economies suffer to fix our planet? Plan B as a series is meant to capture this mood, using power lines, satellite poles and wind turbines as symbols of a changing world." (Longman, 2007)
Venue & Address:
XEXE Gallery 624 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 4:00am
Sarah Nind: Pistes et Points (Stripes and Dots)
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2-4 PM
Sarah Nind’s work addresses the chaotic, even illogical, dimensions of today’s visual language, in which images and ideas often collide in the digital-analogue world. Pattern and excerpts from popular culture are superimposed onto oil painting and photographic imagery. What appears to be the image on the surface and what lies below this surface often exist in tension and absurd juxtaposition. The seeming abstraction and beauty of these images veil or mask layers below the painted surface, much in the way we ‘gloss over’ or ‘make light’ of issues or memories.