Realities Follies surveys the work of five Victoria based painters; Jeremy Herndl,Todd Lambeth, Rick Leong, Neil McClelland, and Jeroen Witvliet.
Curators Lynda Gammon (UVic Visual Arts Department) and Wendy Welch(Vancouver Island School of Art) observe: “We live in an image-world. Selfies on Facebook, instant sharing on Instagram, and photo albums on Flickr, all demonstrate our intense desire to re-present our world. Through the practice of painting, the artists in this exhibition, each in their own way, are re-presenting and interrogating the meaning of representation, and in turn, questioning our ways of perceiving reality.”
Realities Follies opens Friday evening at 7:00 pm, January 9, 2015 at Open Space. The artists and curators will meet in a panel discussion on Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm.
Neil McClelland explores and creates relationships between the art historical tradition of the bather and the image-sharing of #beachday photos; Todd Lambethchallenges prevailing notions of still life by painting images of the backsides of his previously painted canvases; Jeremy Herndl employs the historical technique of plein air painting to depict the contemporary urban landscape; Rick Leongtranslates the visual language of Asian landscapes to contemporary European formats; and Jeroen Witvliet is inspired by media images of stadiums and other social/cultural architectural icons.