Archive for April, 2010
Join us Friday, May 14th, 6 – 9pm for the
Sasha Nelson’s MFA Thesis Exhibition
June 14th – July 9, 2010
Image courtesy of Sasha Nelson.
for more information on Sasha Nelson, please view www.sashaleenelson.com.more...
THIS SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
APRIL 20TH – MAY 14TH, 2010
Closing Reception: Friday, May 14th, 6-9pm
“In my work as a painter, I focus on virtual territories in the pursuit of painterly adaptation and image re-configuration. The sites I am currently building pictorially reference my liminal position: of moving and being in-between places and states of consciousness vis-à-vis the spaces of the real and the virtual. It is through this inability to articulate my specific location between two spaces that a new form of visual order opens up, oscillating between conditions of deconstruction and construction.”
Michael Capobianco is a Toronto-based multi-media artist working with the mediums of photography, digital art, projection, painting and installation. His current body of work investigates the effects of new media and digitization on our experiential perceptions of space and place. His attention is directed towards subjects which are spaces in flux – specific locales of construction and building sites that are in-between states of development – placing emphasis on the mechanized devices that fabricate the new structures. Capobianco is interested in creating seemingly spontaneous and optically warped immersive spaces; alternative architectural environments which subvert interpretations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms of visual presentation and recognition. The work aims to reveal the active capabilities of outward appearance and illusionistic staging as it relates to both the picture and its support. Capobianco sees his paintings functioning as dynamic screens, projecting unnervingly out into the real space of the spectator, questioning the illusionary space that exists on the other side of the screen and its framed support.
“Everything that surrounds or projects in front of the viewer is a “bad build”, as slick graphic line and bold geometric form painted on canvas or metal is fastened to, or suspended from, crude supports, creating a visually disorienting and aggressive stimulation of the viewer’s senses.”
The painting installation creates the conditions for viewing and experiencing these illusionary image constructions in real-time. The title alludes not only to the on-line, virtual space of the computer, but also quotes the physical spaces of building and urban development sites. The particular site indicated in the title refers to the nature of the image – as being a site under construction, as contemporary painting interests are directed towards the re-calibration and construction of pictorial representation. In the gallery space, the representational forms employed in the making of a space within a space are reminiscent of those found on construction sites. Similarly, like construction and computer imaging sites, manoeuvrability can be tricky. Inside, the paintings are presented in various ways: hanging directly on the un-treated plywood, projecting out from the walls, or suspended in mid-air. Capobianco views the installation, “like the paintings, it too transforms and oscillates between conditions of deconstruction and construction, and like new media works, addresses the role of the viewer, represents space and, realizes the illusion.”more...
From April 12 – April 19th the gallery will be closed for the installation of Michael Capobianco’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, This Site is Under Construction.
The exhibition will be on view April 20th through May 14th. Please join us for the Closing Reception on May 14th, 6 – 9pm.
Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 4:30
Saturday, Sunday: Closed