Martha Fleury Composition at Glam Vintage & Moderne in partnership with Engine Gallery Toronto
My immediate reaction to Martha Fleury’s composition was just what the artist hoped to evoke. I tried to put names to the neighbourhood kids from the east end of Toronto where Richard and I grew up. As per Fleury, “The source photographs generated by friends, family and work peers, seem replaceable with any other photo album. Repetition and similarity suggest a learning of cultural norms through imposed framing”.
Here’s how she describes her process; “Visual traces of fictions emerge from the multi-layered charcoal inventions that rely as much on blurring and erasing as mark making. Subsequent layers of paint bury, re-define and obscure the imagery. On completion, the works are then photographed. In other words, each finished piece becomes just one variation in the continually changing narrative of the original memory”.
If you would like to enjoy being manipulated by this artist as much as I did come to Glam Vintage & Moderne for the full treatment.
Ghost Ride by Jeremy Down at Glam Vintage & Moderne
When Richard brought this acrylic on canvas piece in from Engine Gallery in Toronto I liked the way the colour looked against Glam’s red brick. Then I took a picture for the blog and strangely it looked like a diptic. The ridge up the middle somehow separated the picture into two… so I deleted it. Yesterday I tried again, as I looked through the camera the skull and body of a ghost on the right of the pic became prevalent. Weird, I hadn’t noticed it before. Then I looked at the name of the painting “Ghost Ridge“.
When I researched the artist Jeremy Down I found that the name of the piece is actually “Ghost Ride” and was created after his own near death experience (almost drowning). In this piece he uses a “skisel”, a process where he straps an easel to his body while he snowboards. All his pieces are created outside in the mountains of British Columbia.
According to Jeremy Down; “the work now seems to come directly from my soul – springing out unplanned, growing and changing as the process continues. Interweaving layers seem to represent physical and spiritual planes. Almost a birth every time, and, somewhere in the process, almost a death”.
I’m all tingly now.
- Michel Rostand Drawing Collection
Wall art needs to properly proportioned. Many of us collect smallish framed water colours, photographs and oils and relegate them to the bathroom because it’s the only room where the scale works. A collection with identical frames and matting presented in a classic grid form is intriguing and it’s scale works in large spaces. If you want people to elevate your art appreciation status from novice to connoisseur, present a collection by the same artist and take your “paint by numbers” down.