December 9 – January 15
A mini documentary about Steve Driscoll.
Artist: Steve Driscoll
Exhibit name: Old Still River Road
Gallery: Angell Gallery
Dates: December 9th 2010 – January 15th 2011
Interviewed by: Michael Hansen
Aired on ArtSync: 14 January 2010
A landscape painter in the mainstream of the Canadian tradition, Toronto-based OCAD graduate Steve Driscoll’s work is an embodiment of the notion that our ocular vision – and the corresponding memory of things seen – is particularly well represented in art by images of open, natural space. Driscoll is interested in conjuring and manifesting a vision of nature, undulating with atmosphere and heightened color effects, but watched over by the architectural proofs of human presence, with rural buildings that seem somehow to be guardians; they are strangely animated centers of our connection to the vast wilderness that surrounds us. This idea of a metonymic human presence in the wilderness forms the nucleus of his true subject; the habitations and structures in Driscoll’s paintings are somehow anthropomorphized. It is as though in the absence of people, their buildings have come to life and awakened from inanimate slumber. They have the character of individuals. In this sense, the paintings are portraits of the buildings.
Excerpted from gallery website.
photo: Juni Birol
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