Alex McLeod and Noah Becker x Angell Gallery
February 2nd, 2011 by Ashley Zelinskie
Building Spaces is an upcoming exhibition at Angell Gallery in Toronto, Ontario featuring the work of Alex McLeod and Noah Becker. The show runs February 24th to March 19th with the opening reception Thursday February 24th 6–9 PM.
Alex McLeod constructs hyperrealistic 3D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet and gooey candy-colored palette. Recalling the wide-open vistas of Romantic landscape painting while at the same time staging otherworldly dystopias, McLeod?s CGI prints act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present, the real and virtual. Beneath their seductively polished surfaces, of glimmering fortresses and floating geometric abstractions, lies a haunting stillness that comes forth in the aftermath of cataclysmic events. The cause of destruction remains unknown in these depopulated spaces -there are no people in these images, however much human traces remain in the rickety railways and empty fortresses. And yet, from the twilight of devastation shown in these strange dioramas lies possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu through the artist?s new approaches to concepts as varied as ecological responsibility and the shared intersections between photography and painting.
Noah Becker describes his work as building spaces for things to be organized in as opposed to thinking about the picture plane as an illustration of something, or an opportunity to show an appreciation for naturalism. Francis Bacon comes to mind in the way that his works were constructions that became more real through deliberate artificiality. It is in that sense a rebellion against well worn tendencies in painting and a kind of critical examination of painting traditions through the reconsideration of predictable tropes. This interest manifests itself through my idea of painterly space being a kind of gallery space or empty space in which things are installed. Conceptions of the world and how the world has been presented to us through science and media also interest me. Everything in modern society is flawed, fake and fabricated to an extent, or a product of what we are told is our environment. So there is this kind of looking in on things from the perspective of different gods and different perceptions.
February 24th – March 19th
Opening reception Thursday February 24th 6–9 PM
12 Ossington Avenue
M6J 2Y7, Canada