Toronto-based artist Jon Todd will be displaying his new series of mixed media paintings and collages in an exhibition titled Outsider at Hermann & Audrey this October 16th-26th.
Inspired by naïve artist values found recently on a trip to Central America, he’s left his process revealed, to unveil hidden abstraction and expressed brush strokes within each of the pieces. These foreign influences will be seen in this latest show through intricately composed collages of bold, hand painted illustrations found on city walls, signs and graveyards.
Jon’s paintings characteristically involve layering multiple styles and media techniques such as collage, gel transfers, stencils, screen-printing, and woodblock printing, while using a variety of mediums such as acrylic, aerosol, and oil paint as well as inks, and stains. These finely textured pieces are sometimes pure imagination and often times happy accidents. Jon will spend countless hours painting a beautiful portrait then choose to destroy it to make something unique.
One of the larger pieces that will be exhibited in Outsider will be a hand painted lenticular installation portraying a portrait of a woman who morphs from life to death, depending on the viewing angle. This lenticular installation, titled “Chasing Ghosts” is made from two identical portraits executed with different symbolic imagery in two different colour pallets. The images are then spliced and remixed so that the piece reads as a different image depending on the angle of the viewer. One angle represents reality and other represents a surreal world. When seen simultaneously the viewer sees that the two are ultimately intertwined.
The multi-layered portraits adorned in symbolic imagery that make up Outsider will also be showcased in light box, collage and mixed media formats. The show will be displayed at Hermann & Audrey, 1506 Dundas St West, from October 16th-26th.
October 16th : Opening reception and feature of October’s Third Thursdays neighborhood crawl on Dundas West. 7pm-12am
October 23rd: Toronto Art Fair After Hours 9pm-12am
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See you there.