Check out one of my new drawings in Toronto, Ontario this week at Walnut Contemporary! Here’s the PR:
Walnut Contemporary is proud to present ‘Accelerated Change’, a group exhibition revolving around the context of progressive and accelerated growth in our socio-economic and urban landscapes. Depicting drawings and prints by emerging artists Manolo Lugo, Abbas Rizvi, Melanie Colosimo, and Saba Askary.
As metropolitan citizens, our rate of hyper efficiency and effectiveness has developed on parr, and in many cases more rapidly than the rate of our population growth. The speed of urban sprawl, economy, and technology accelerated after the 15th century, increased impressively during the 19th century, and skyrocketed in the 20th century. Now in the 21st century, each artist responds to his or her own background of progressive development. The abstracted drawings of Saba Askary reflect a childhood among the rapid and hopeful construction revolution in Dubai during the 90’s and early 21st century. Melanie Colosimo’s series ‘Moving Backwards’ stands to negotiate the aesthetic value of scaffolding, a metaphor for the cast off pieces of society that were previously used to create structure and order. ‘Calms and Tempests of the Van the Veldes’ by Manolo Lugo wipes away all unnecessary data from seventeenth century court marine paintings of Willem van de Velde the Elder and the Younger only to leave the fuelling force and technology behind trans-oceanic navigation, the sails, thus leading to European colonization and our current landscape of global economics. Finally the dark and meticulous ballpoint pen drawings of Abbas Rizvi peer into a world of desolate and disparaging urbanism against the natural world. With the rate of progress unremittingly accelerating, fueled by progression itself, it begs the question, “Do we ultimatley reach singularity, or demolition?”.
Visit www.walnutcontemporary.com for more information.
Located in King West Village, Walnut Contemporary is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5:30pm, or by appointment.