Fragments and Masks
Barry Herring and Richard Motchman
This exhibition opens on Friday, October 5th, 7:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm
"Fragments and Masks" is a two-person exhibition of photographs and paintings that explore the way people are presented by the artist's image. The show of black and white photography by Barry Herring and interactive paintings by Richard Motchman opens Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7pm.
Barry: My Image of Richard's Image of Me and Richard
These artists use different media but their figurative work is related in that they both focus only on portions of the body in their portraits. When people 'pose' for a portrait they decide what of themselves to expose and what to hide. The person performs for the artist. The artist then records the performance and manipulates it to produce an image that will be exposed to a future viewer. These images are a representation of reality and provide the viewer with clues to initiate a personal narrative and form a conception of the person.
Barry Herring, Both sides of Bob
Barry Herring uses traditional black and white darkroom techniques to create portrayals of a fragment of a person or he cuts fragments from portraits and recombines them; in this way he examines how the eye, brain and memory could construct an artificial image and not an exact or petrified replication. A central question is what construct does the viewer form of the original subject from the fragment?
Barry Herring, Two Ears
Richard Motchman creates portrait paintings using a narrow fragment of the naked person from scalp to pelvis; with each painting is a mask that the viewer interacts with covering or uncovering the face. The positioning of the mask can further fragment the portrait. The choice of mask depicted is another part of the collaboration between model and artist. The interaction of the viewer with the mask brings the viewer into an intimate relationship with the painting as object but also into an intimate relationship with the subject of the painting.
The exhibition continues at Xchanges Gallery until October 28. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm.
Our Balcony Gallery Exhibition:
“Wind & Sea”
Opens Saturday, September 8th, 2012, 2–4:00 PM
Exhibition runs to Sunday, September 30th, 2012.
Xchanges Gallery on the Balcony is pleased to present
“Wind & Sea”, a solo exhibition of new abstract textile work by Anna Curtin. Please join us on Saturday September 8th, at 2–4 pm, for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.
This balcony exhibit draws on the traditional crafts of spinning and knitting. The materials are infused with the essence of sea and air through prolonged exposure to tides, wind and rain. Some materials are kite-gliding sails that have flown the skies and dunked in the Salish Sea. Curtin has used these materials to shape abstract twisted forms of colour echoing the seascape.