Opening Reception: February 1st 2019
Exhibition Dates: February 1 - March 10th
Location: Project Studios, 184 Munro St.
Project Studios is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Luke Van H.
The goal of Van H’s most recent body of work has been to produce objects that are free from artifacts of the human hand, in an attempt to create an illusion of sterilization of the hand of the artist or at least obscure the artist’s hand beneath the guise of digital marks.
Luke Van H’s practice involves reconfigurations and transformations of a variety of stock images, screenshots of online videos, free 3D models and other Internet detritus. This recombinant strategy, further catalyzed through the use of Photoshop, finds synthesis in works that inhabit both the physical and digital space. The intention of the process is to capture the essence of and materialize digital drawings, with the works functioning as a fulcrum between the two antagonizing worlds.
The paintings are produced in a series of meticulous, sequential steps, using the digital drawing as a map. Thus the object becomes a duplicate of its digital originator. Spawned from a digital plan. Shut out from its other pixelated half. Subjected to the deterioration of time and space.
Luke van H is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living in Toronto. Their current practice systematizes the painting process, creating delineations between image/idea generation and labour. The integration and separation of technology from everyday life is an ongoing interest in their work. Van H was the 2018 recipient of the OCAD Project 31 Drawing and Painting Award and the 2017 recipient of the OCAD’s Takao Tanabe Scholarship.