Picture Elements

Mark Stebbins
February 22, 2014 to March 29, 2014

The Latcham Gallery is very excited to present this new solo exhibition by Toronto artist and RBC Painting Competition finalist Mark Stebbins titled Picture Elements. Stebbins' intensive, supersaturated acrylic paint and ink works on panel reference the realms of craft traditions, fine art and digital imaging. He is interested in that which is often lost (and potentially gained) in the act of translation, creating in the process a new visual vocabulary that pushes one world - the old analogue world into the new world of fast-as-light digital processes. Choosing to render all of his representations by hand with fine brushes and fine tipped dip pens, Stebbins paints richly layered patterns that push up against our ability to process and identify that which we are looking at. He is a master of mixology, seamlessly weaving together recurring motifs such as brush stroke caricatures, pixilated fields, finely rendered textiles, various trompe l'oeil effects and floating and fragmented disc like forms. These picture elements occur and interact throughout his work demanding detailed examination. Picture Elements will present work created between 2008 and 2014 and follows the evolution of Stebbins' practice that investigates the accumulation and degradation of data, as well as questions around authenticity and authorship in regard to representation.

Opening Reception Saturday March, 1st 1-3pm

Artist Talk with Mark Stebbins at the Gallery
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:30pm