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All images are acrylic on canvas in varying sizes in private collection with giclee prints available.
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REEL Solo in the Cell
This exhibit, held in the Cell Gallery, 1313 Queen St. West, October
29 - November 9, 2014, was inspired by a viewing of The Running Man, a
1963 British film about a man trying to right a perceived injustice by
faking his own death for insurance money and taking on a new identity.
This requires him to suspect acceptance of that new identity by
The movie echoed the isolation 40 years later where we take on many
identities and multiple meanings. We are groomed to conform to media
images of others deemed more important than our "reality" and in
cyberspace, an illusion of identity is "real enough". Our own
physicality transforms and becomes less important in forming our
identity, cellular or cyber.
What does it mean to be "real" or "reel" and how do we imagine,
interpret and re-interpret our own identity and that of others, when
given scant or presumed details of others online or even in a physical
world faced with a pre-written script of expectations?
The exhibit narrative begins with the mythical promise of a greek isle and a glance and is carried along with doubt forgotten in dance, ending with a wound, a guy and a running girl.
The images of Greek Isle, Glance, Dance, Doubt, Wound, Guy and
Girl are "momentary" portraits of identities formed and dissolved.
A story is told but what is "reel" or "real" is never clear. As with
cinema, a viewer looking at a physical painting, or a stranger, will
write the script, create his/her own narrative, filling in gaps,
re-interpreting what is before him/her, working from another cell,
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