Dark Art Drawing Exhibition: “None of these things ..." is a collection of portraits about people, telepathy and the metropolis. The series investigates the human face as a communicative vessel peeling back the layers to reveal the collective unconscious, an innate inclination towards progress and terror. Made up of strange crowded flesh and black brick bones the artwork attempts to express the simultaneous freedom and ultimate imprisonment of life in the big city. The work also displayed a unique juxtaposition between a naive hieroglyphic style derivative of cave paintings and Inuit carvings while exploring contemporary concepts like construction.
Using only three symbols; bricks, crowd scenes , and the human face each drawing represents a single character as part of a unified meditation. The bricks represent the past, present and future of construction recollecting gothic architecture while archetypically referencing modern progress. The crowd scenes are drawn as a cerebral web of faces signifying the collective unconscious, our thoughts about and interactions with the people all around us. The human face completes the experiment introducing the audience to strange individuals and emotional expressions. These faces intimidately invite the audience to recognize and identify with the unusual ideas presented before them. The cumulative affect of the work presents us with a dark impression of the modern world and unified experiences.
The complete collection was exhibited at the Robert Kananj Gallery from Sept -Oct 2012. The entire series included over 20 portrait drawings ranging from 8 x 10 inches to 12 x12 feet and one 30" x 40" sequential artwork. All of the work was done with quill pens and black India ink on heavy weight lithography paper. In addition to the ink drawings the exhibition also featured a unique video installation, storefront window display and a corresponding comic book publication. The month long exhibition was also included as an official selection for the Toronto's 2012 Nuit Blanche festivities.
Gallery of images featured in this drawing exhibition
Read the comic that was presented as wall at for this show