Wednesday, September 10, 2008

about-FACE: Photo & Pencil Exhibit

... what do we really SEE ?
... when we look at another person?
about-FACE:
PHOTO & PENCIL EXHIBIT
by Golden Horseshoe Artists
Ewout de Gelder &

Margaret Lindsay Holton
Opening: Friday, Sept 5th, 6-9pm
at 'The Village Gallery'
17 Main Street SOUTH, Waterdown, On. Canada
( ... between Toronto & London, Ontario.
Call 905-689-1688 for direction details ... )

Showing 'til October 17th, 2008
Open daily - Mon-Sat, 9-6pm
'WHY WE WANTED TO DO THIS ... '
There has been a verrrrry long, not so subtle, often fatal, rivalry between the pencil and the camera. Practitioners of either discipline dismiss the skill and expertise of the 'other'. Each 'camp' waves their pennant arguing about: the incalcuable 'instant realism' of photograhy VERSUS the studied meditative 'realism' of a 'one-off' pencil portrait ... Pennants flutter.
As artists, we wanted to explore this oft contentious relationship and find that which compliments, rather then complains, about the 'other'. In the course of preparing for this show, we developed a novel 'perspective'. We created 'ricochet' portraits. We used each other's work to stimulate our own photo or pencil work. Ewout shot photographs, and I drew pencil portraits. The results are amusing, insightful and often delightful.
The pencil & the camera are BOTH only 'tools' by which we, as artists, subjectively record HOW and WHAT we perceive. Each 'tool' assists in 'capturing' or 'freezing time'. Yet, in essence, both mediums & disciplines are 'fake & arbitrary'. Because both do ATTEMPT to 'stop time'. Everyone KNOWS - 'time' does NOT stop.
So, with that all said, we welcome you to come take a look at our unique show. Let YOUR eye 'ricochet'. Let it ping-pong from portrait to portrait. Do an 'about-face': turn around, take yet another look at that BEGUILING living breathing marvelous fascinating and very human FACE in front of you ...
Hope to SEE 'YOU' there!
Ewout de Gelder's Site: www.openphotography.ca

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