COLLECTOR'S ITEM: "Lilies" by Gerhard Richter

In the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the painting Lilies by Gerhard Richter is definitely on our must-see list! This painting, made in 2000, is an example of Richter's iconic blurring technique that he employed in a wide range of subject matter, including buildings, animals, and portraiture throughout his career. From a young age, Gerhard was interested in using photography to aid his paintings. In 1945 he received his first camera, and 1964 he began using a projector in his painting practice. Lilies, specifically, is an interesting combination of two painting traditions, the still life and the photographic reference. "I blur things to make everything equally important and eq

Lauren Pelc-McArthur

Toronto artist Lauren Pelc-McArthur creates delicious paintings and digital works that sparkle with electricity and energy. These paintings reference the artificial and digital world, as well as employing one of our favourite colour palettes: neon! Her works wonderfully sit between abstraction and representation, creating an enjoyable tension. For example, "Untitled" focuses on colour and texture, and is so juicily painted we can't help but crave birthday cake icing. However, "Foxy Nox Truss" brings in representation by incorporating line work that references neon lighting that winds across the canvas. The gradient of these lights gives them three-dimensionality, which delightfully contrast

EXHIBITION: Withheld

The University of Guelph's capstone level photography course had its final exhibition, Withheld, at the Boarding House Gallery in Guelph. The eleven featured artists have worked under their professor Susan Dobson to develop their artistic practices. Each work, or series of work, offers an intentionally limited amount of visual information which leaves us feeling curious, entranced, uncomfortable, and charmed. The wide range of display methods in Withheld made it seem almost interdisciplinary in nature. For example, the light box works of Jamie Aitken, the incorporation of sound in Rachel Meneguzzi's Notified, and the inclusion of Siobhan Kiely's interactive subject matter contrasted wonderfu

Alex Morrison

Alex Morrison plays with pattern and form while referencing habitable spaces and styles from around the world. His practice is full of variety: unstained wood, mod mushroom lamps and functional sculpture are just a glimpse into an exciting body of work. The simulated chaos in "Through the Brume" leaves us feeling like we missed a great party! The eccentric patterns and bold, vintage furniture launch this space into a funkier time period. However, there is a unnatural sense of perfection in these works that - at first glance - read as photographs. No beer can is bent, there isn't a spill or a lingering party-goer to be seen. This flawlessness is a clue to their computer-generated origin. We