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Alex McLeod: PHANTASMAGORIA

Alex McLeod's imaginative digital landscapes will come alive at UrbanScreen.

For UrbanScreen, McLeod has developed a lens-based animation to be projected onto the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. His art uses digital software to render imagery that moves between two and three-dimensional space, dissolving the façade between our own physical word and the imagined possibilities of elsewhere. In a constant game of elaboration, McLeod’s subjects remind us of the rules which govern our reality before breaking them in a colorful display of artifice.

McLeod’s subjects include impossible geometric constructions, vivid textures, and discontented (yet charming) creatures, drawn from a vibrant virtual world. These components are composed in an ever-evolving series of animated tableaus which playfully experiment with physics, light, and form. All the while, McLeod invites viewers to observe the struggles of the beings who inhabit these fantastic realms, reflecting upon our own projected desires and egos in the process.

This exhibition is a part of the 2018 Capture Photography Festival (April 1-30, 2018).

Curator: Rhys Edwards
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery

Publication

A commissioned essay by Sky Goodden, as part of the Surrey Art Gallery Presents series, will be available online. Goodden is the founder and contributing editor of Momus, a global journal of art criticism, and has contributed to art publications around the world.

About the Artist

Alex McLeod is a new media visual artist from Toronto. McLeod’s images recall the wide-open vistas of romantic landscape painting, and strange otherworldly dystopias. He uses film as a point of comparison, such as the representation of space, captured in films such as Kagemusha and Hidden Fortress, then contrasted with the hypothesized future depicted in films like Blade Runner. In light of concerns surrounding rising populations, urban over-development, and climate change, McLeod’s simulations could be considered a cautionary tale about ecological responsibility. He is represented by Division Gallery in Toronto and Montreal.

Event

Thursday, April 27 | 7pm

Artist Talk & Demonstration with Alex McLeod

Alex McLeod will guide you through his creation process with live commentary over a recorded work session at the Surrey Art Gallery. Join McLeod  after this workshop to see PHANTASMAGORIA onsite at UrbanScreen.

Image Credit: Preview of Alex McLeod's PHANTASMAGORIA (2018) at UrbanScreen. Photo by Brian Giebelhaus.