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BODIES IN FLEETING REALITY: Exhibition of work from figurative painting studio - 3D virtual exhibition by OCAD University Drawing and Painting

BODIES IN FLEETING REALITY: Exhibition of work from figurative painting studio

Wed, 05/05/2021 to Sun, 12/05/2021

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“Bodies in Fleeting Reality” is an online exhibition of work done by students in the OCADU Figurative Painting Studio. These artworks were painted over the winter of 2021, speaking to each artist’s experience of this global pandemic, with its dimensions of loneliness and solitude and representing the artist’s individual approach to figurative painting and visual vocabulary.

The work of each artist presents different figurative narratives, all individual versions of personal and suggested fictions that reflect their own creative work as it has been influenced by the upheaval and dislocation of social isolation.

Narratives presented are both literal and imagined. Figurative references include self, friends, family members or projected personalities, and can be understood as directly reflecting individual stories that were integral to the past year.

Some figuration is presented in context to the “environment” of the pandemic. References to the figure in landscape directly refer to the spaces which have been accessible over the past several months. These include interior "landscape" -- the room or space inhabited over the past many months, "exterior" landscape -- the view out of a window, a garden space or city environment, or the “landscape” of the mind, whether actual, imagined, abstracted, or oscillating between possibilities.

Other paintings in the exhibition create narrative discourses by referencing objects as they relate to the figure. These “still life” fragments represent a vocabulary of objects of attachment which have defined and given solace to the artist over the past year of the pandemic.

This past year has been dislocated and unprecedented, the works in this exhibition present inquiries into the fragility of being in an unprecedented time, and the personal narratives that have been imagined and created out of this disruption.

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