PHOTO ALBUM ARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Thursday November 13th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Nov 13-19, 2014
“Within my recent series of works, I endeavor to create essential narratives of everyday life composed of ordinary, throwaway petroleum based products that permeate every facet of contemporary life. These oil economy still life arrangements intend to address environmental, social and economic concerns by probing into the inner workings of the addictive, impulsive and compulsive characteristics of consumer culture. Acidic colours, shiny surfaces, dollar store prizes and endless hypnotic plastic wrap litter my compositions aspiring to trigger the most base and innate of human responses. Conclusively my paintings search out a type of simultaneity of both lyrical and abrasive passages that throughout the paintings confuse notions of truth and monumentality. This is precisely the contradictory ideology I excavate with every painting so as to better assert my critical position regarding the contemporary world.”
Ted Zourntos is a practicing artist working in Toronto and has exhibited his works internationally. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Currently Ted Zourntos is a Professor within the Faculty of Animation Arts and Design at Sheridan College and has authored various articles on Drawing and Art Education. Although his inspiration is drawn from 17th century Dutch masterworks, he not interested in celebrating the fruits of a burgeoning merchant class. His paintings seek to tap into the psychological and cultural characteristics of objects so as to gain a deeper insight into the state of the subconscious during a time of economic and environmental crisis.
See the development of Ted’s contemporary still-life paintings, from his previous solo exhibition at Project Gallery last year entitled ‘Leftovers’