Matthew Gardiner | You Can Never Go Home Again

13 April – 19 May 2017

Thursday 13 April launch and talk

You Can Never Go Home Again is a series of paintings focused on modern society’s interaction and relationship with the natural world; scenarios that explore concepts of interior and exterior spaces; the artificial and the natural; truth and fiction and how they cohabit the same space. The subjects are a combination of found photographic material and the artist’s own imagination. The process of collaging appropriated photographic material emphasizes the themes of illusion inherent in representational painting; illusions that are both manufactured and broken at the same time. This ongoing series was started in the fall of 2013 in Victoria. B.C. and continued throughout several cities in Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again evokes the artist’s own nomadic experiences and refers to modern society’s inability or unwillingness to return to the natural world.

 

Bio/

Born in Montreal, Matthew Gardiner obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Art degree from York University in 2012 Matthew has lived in Montreal QC, Winnipeg MB, Victoria BC and Toronto ON while continuing his studio practice. He is the recipient of provincial and federal grants and art awards. Matthew has recently attended a self-directed studio residency. His paintings have been showcased in publications and included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

 

You Can Never Go Home Again          Matthew Gardiner                                                19 h, le jeudi 13 avril 2017, vernissage et causerie

Jusqu’au 19 mai

You Can Never Go Home Again est une série de peintures qui mise sur l’interaction de la société contemporaine et sa relation avec le monde naturel; des scénarios qui explorent les concepts de l’espace intérieur et extérieur; ce qui est artificiel et naturel; la vérité et la fiction et comment elles cohabitent dans le même espace. Les sujets sont une combinaison de matériel photographique trouvé par hasard et l’imagination de l’artiste. Le processus de collage du matériel photographique approprié met l’emphase sur les thèmes de l’illusion inhérent dans la peinture figurative; des illusions qui sont manufacturées et brisées en même temps. Cette série en cours a débuté à l’automne de 2013 à Victoria en Colombie-Britannique et a fait le tour de plusieurs villes au Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again évoque les expériences nomadiques de l’artiste et fait allusion à l’incapacité ou à la réticence de la société moderne de faire un retour à la nature.  

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

Image: Lakeside-Ritual-BC by Matthew Gardiner. Acrylic on wood panel, 20″ x 30″. 2013.