Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 9th 6-8pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 3, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)
‘No One Notices The Landscape Within You’ brings together the work of Chad Gauthier and Michael Pitropov that both explore portraiture and the the role of introspection in the process of painting. The works carry out of conversation of what it means to exist in a pictorial landscape while also questioning the role of narrative and frozen action in a painted scene.
Gauthier works draws from french film stills as reference to highlight poetic moments of cinematography, and the search for meaning within the frame. The vulnerability of his figures conveys the inner struggle for honesty against deception and invites the viewer to escape within the image, and be immersed in the representation of the figure. The painting seeks for moments of clarity and to distill the overabundance of media saturation into small moments of escapism and meditation.
Pitropov displays figures in pastoral nocturnal landscapes, engaging in activities that are deliberately unclear to the viewer and left up to interpretation. His surreal scene in which the isolation of the figure is central can be used as allegory or allusion to greater events.
Both artists work to open the viewer up to moments of isolation in which small gestures can be broadened out to convey a greater political, personal, or spiritual insight. Pitropovs works seeks moments when the isolation can become invigorating and stem to desire and intrapersonal relationships, while Gauthier provides a counterpoint in which the isolation can be either detrimental or alienating, lending his paintings a sense of eerie isolation. Where Pitropov work draws the viewer in and makes them wish they were invited into a party unfolding before them, Gauthier’s work shroud the moment from the viewer lending a truly spooky look into moments they will never see.