Jan. 28, 2010 - April 19, 2010
Jay Isaac + Jason Kroenwald + Susy Oliviera + James Olley + Derek Sullivan
Judging by exhibits in current galleries, it seems genre painting is alive and well in the 21st century, flourishing in the hands of contemporary painters, perhaps because the treatment of these subjects continues to evolve. At one time, the medium delivered the message - a picture of a beautiful girl, a stormy sea or a vase of flowers. In the current remix, the medium is the message itself, where pristine realism gives way to luscious pigment.
On the surface, image and medium seem to wrestle back and forth, challenging who will take centre stage. It's really the viewer who wins, treated to the lush physicality of paint (or bubble gum, for that matter) and suggestions of landscapes, flowers and figures that call to mind the ideal beauty of another era.
Works in this exhibition were generously loaned by Angell Gallery, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Le Gallery and Paul Petro Contemporary Art.