“PULP - Works on Paper”
Featuring new works by RAY CAESAR, SELENA WONG and LORI FIELD
Gallery House is excited to announce PULP - Works on Paper, a group show featuring new work by Gallery House artists Ray Caesar and Selena Wong and guest Lori Field at Gallery House, Toronto Canada. Gallery hours are Thurs – Sat 11:00 – 4:00 pm.
Ray Caesar has been busy this summer preparing for a number of international shows as well as our “PULP - Works on Paper” show. We are pleased and rather excited to announce the release of 5 new never-been-seen works.
Here, Ray goes deeper into the unconscious dream world of fable and myth uncovering a world of deep desires and secrets, the kind we conceal even from ourselves. In these works he explores the inescapable weight of memory and how it can haunt our perception of the physical world.
Ray Caesar’s digital paintings exist in a world unto themselves, a place that is not on any map or mentioned in any guidebook. Ornate, architectural and sinister, they echo the grandeur of Reynolds and Gainsborough and the grace of Rococo artists Watteau and Boucher, but have a dreamy, dark, otherworldly quality that feel both sensual and sinister.
Selena Wong’s delicate gouache and ink work is a secretive, miniature world where humans and rabbits live in a kind of dream like landscape of fog and enchanting clouds. Hidden within these richly rendered, intense in detail and carefully crafted environments are magical, places timeless and removed from reality. Wong is inspired by artists Henry Darger, Gustav Klimt, Yoshitomo Nara and Kiki Smith.
The series that make up this show find their inspiration from the memory of her grandmother. Drawing on the beauty and horror she once lived, her life and her stories; coping with her death, and the hurt that softened with time; bits and pieces of her life, reimagined and romanticized, creating an alternate reality to take part in, escaping the one I'm in now; loss of self and starting over, finding her voice again, her fitting in. Also are themes which run through all of Wong’s work, animals speaking through her, and rabbits, subtle and quiet - staying silent, hiding away from the predators in real life
“Lori Field crafts exquisite and wondrous worlds, dreamy yet unsettling, floating somewhere between Alice’s looking glass and the Brothers Grimm’s darkest forest. Here, part-creature, part-humans, nearly all tattooed, coexist among flowers, baubles, butterflies, and lace. Whether they are masked, or true hybrids with twin kitty heads or antlers springing from their hair, they are nearly all female, their attendant mystiques running the gamut from sugar-and-spice to the huntress Diana and the temptress Eve. While well grounded in the history of art – Bosch, Raphael, and Redon come immediately to mind – Field’s paintings are refreshingly defiant of tradition, in a world of their own.”
- Barry Blinderman, Director of University Galleries of Illinois State University
Primarily self-taught, Field is a textile designer and illustrator who returned to making fine art when a series of life-altering events caused her to rethink the direction she wanted to take with my creative energies. Her mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptures straddle a border between reality and dream, past life and present. They evoke subliminal, mysterious worlds - planets of her own creation, demimondes peopled with tattooed angels , mutants, exhibitionists, seducers, chimeras........and other intimate strangers.
Submitting to an obsession with obsessiveness, and exploring and visualizing the concept of ‘the other’, the work is deliberately intimate, containing fetishistic figures that are emotionally confrontational and exaggerated in their ‘otherness’.
The work shown in PULP will be primarily her Silverpoint drawings.
Gallery House artists assumes an ambitious presence at the following art fairs each year: Art Toronto, Hamptons Art Market, AAF Battersea, AAF Hampstead, AAF Amsterdam, Art Amsterdam, Scope Miami, Art Belgium and Art Stage Singapore.
To view the work request a VIP package by contacting us. For more information contact Gallery House at 416-587-0057 or firstname.lastname@example.org