Tarpaulin uses the physical similarities between a the material of tarpaulin and a painting, as a way of critiquing the role of landscape painting in Canadian art. The work uses the commonplace object of a camouflage piece of tarp, with its woven structure and abstracted depiction of nature, and insists on its value as being similar to that of a landscape painting by a member of The Group of 7. Throughout the exhibition the sculptures and collages involved will change and evolve, exploring different facets of the project. Although the works are never fully resolved, this unrest illustrates how our changing approaches to creating depictions of the Canadian landscape and proposes a reassessment of our visual vocabulary when moving forward.
Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Greg McCarthy is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His work often deals with the ethics of archiving and the role of photography in forming a visual narrative for history. McCarthy received a BFA from OCAD University and is a founding member of OKAY Collective an art collective based in Toronto, focused on publishing and promoting the works of emerging artists.
His works have been featured in Magenta Magazine, Art With Heart, Edition Toronto and have been collected by various private collections and The Library of The National Gallery of Canada.
Patel Projects is a project space and incubator that presents accessible, cutting-edge work by emerging artists and curators. The alternative arts space provides a platform for experimental practices, innovative exhibition formats and new experiences of art. With an emphasis on artistic integrity and ethical practice, Patel Projects also works on public art, programming, licensing, publishing, sponsorship, activations, and more.
Exhibition Dates: March 30- April 28, 2019
Location: Patel Projects