Visual Arts Program
 


Saturday, May 25, 2002 — Sunday, June 30, 2002

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The Canadian Consulate General, Buffalo/Avec l'aide du Consulat general du Canada, Buffalo

ELIZA GRIFFITHS 1995-2002

Presented at:
Hallwalls

For the past seven years, Ottawa artist Eliza Griffiths has pursued an exploration of human experience through the specific framework of figurative painting. Featuring invented characters in a succession of emotional vignettes, Griffiths' figures embody the artist's preoccupations with human psychology, sexuality, power and suffering. Produced through a layered painting process, Griffiths'characters (often rendered slightly larger than life) are not Pop-infused caricatures, though neither are they high-realist portraiture. They exhibit their own iconoclastic hyperreality, alternately (and simultaneously) flat and popping with life, unerringly still and yet seemingly immersed by their own internal energies.

While both male and female characters figure into her work, it is apparent through many series of paintings that Griffiths'central impulse is the creation of strong female characters that manifest a range of emotions but most emphatically reiterate a sense of self-determination. In order to illustrate Griffiths'consistency of both painterly style and determined thematic thread, Eliza Griffiths 1995-2002 will include work from all of her series from the last seven years: Stories of Girls, featuring female adolescents in the midst of developing their social and sexual identities; Peep: Beyond the Eye of the Beholder, in which portraits of hustlers and sex trade workers framed an exploration of the possessive gaze; Karate Girls, a pseudo-mythic reaction to women coping with the urban environment; and Dystopic Romances, in which straight white couples in domestic settings explored questions of intimacy and the persistence of unfulfillable desires.

Exhibition of works including: THE GOLD ROOM; WANTON; THE BOY NEXT DOOR; KARATE GIRL; GREENBELT FROLIC; PHANTOM LOVE PROJECT; GOLDEN DRAGON; PENTHOUSE SUITE; FAMILY


Some publications related to this event:
May, 2002 - 2002

 
 
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David Schirm
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Though distilled into broad symbolic forms or abstract landscapes, David Schirm's work often springs from his own experiences during the Vietnam War and paintings may allude to the scenes of horrific and senseless battles, the strafing of weapons across a landscape, "whose laser-like blazes of fired bullets gave a distinctive hum of un-worldliness to the darkness." Though his depictions of landscape forms even touch upon the pastoral in their depiction and use of color, Schirm's original point o ...