Gareth Bate's Cosmos and Anarchy series consists of small abstracted paintings depicting an imagined cosmos combined with video stills from recent riots in London, Athens, Madrid, Cairo, and Tehran. These twelve inch-square, densely worked paintings depict our current global turmoil playing out as part of cosmic drama. Around the world people are rising up in an effort to overthrow tyrannical governments. The worry is always what will replace them?
The cosmos, as well as metaphors of historical time, have been central themes in Gareth's work for several years, Most significantly, cosmic and historical themes run through his ongoing Jewel Net of Indra installation. He has been working on this massive painting-based installation for two and half years. It now includes 1600 miniature painted historical figures on mirrors.
Adaptation continues Linda Heffernan's exploration of the potential ramifications of extreme climate change and the opposing points of view that make a considered global response so challenging. The textured semi-abstract paintings in this exhibit use satellite views of major cities and snippets of media commentary as a jumping off point to an imagined landscape.
Linda Heffernan is a Whitby-based artist exploring themes of consumer capitalism and bureaucracy in an ever more interconnected global economy. She has a BFA from OCAD University and her work is included in a number of private and public collections in Canada. Linda Heffernan has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in Toronto's Queen West district as well as Whitby's Station Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.
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