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Paintings by Michael J.B. Black

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Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, my current practice involves working with abstract interpretations of landscape as well as abstraction in other forms.  At the moment, I am working through a series of abstractions called Remnants.  This series is a response to museum trips in Europe and at home, where artifacts of cultural veneration are preserved representing our fractured connection with the past.  The gaps and missing pieces of such objects are what I find most evocative in terms of their narrative.  In each case, I have tried to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself, so that the images created are able to utilize abstraction’s ability to convey universal themes as well as variations in interpretation.

Michael J.B. Black graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU)  in 1984, and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. Michael has shown his work in Toronto, Hamilton, Charlottetown, Creemore, Thornhill and Peterborough. His work is held in several private collections. Michael lives with his Wife in Durham Region.

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Artist Statement

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Whether as a response to landscape or in terms of using abstract means to convey the ebb and flow of organic processes and our place in the world in relation to them, all of my work is intended to convey something of our complex relationship to nature, as it exists today. Since that relationship is ever-changing, the use of a language of creative means that moves between accident and control seems to me to replicate the relationship best, in both process and product. I am always hopeful that viewers will find some point of contact in what I do that will replicate this relationship to nature for themselves.

 

My current project involves an examination of what I am calling Remnants, as analogies for what has been lost when the originating contexts that created the sociocultural connections between objects and the contexts that created them are no longer available, and are instead substituted with an imposed narrative or perspective. Often, a viewer in a museum is confronted by a disembodied fragment of text or architecture, which is helpfully explained by the accompanying text or ‘footprint’ that provides a paradigm of curatorial practice through which the artifact ‘should’ be understood. Does this explain what the artifact meant to the original creator, or those who used it? Similar questions can be asked in terms of a sense of place: when confronted by Aboriginal burial mounds when developing a GTA subdivision or a rubble stone foundation surrounded by old lilacs in the Pickering Airport Lands, what is the tension between the narrative perspectives provided by the artifacts themselves verses those that are imposed upon them? These are my current concerns.

Want to learn more? Click here to view Michael J.B. Black’s Resume.

Michael is represented by

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

Phone: 905-527-6610
info@artgalleryofhamilton.com
www.artgalleryofhamilton.com

Arta Gallery

55 Mill St.
Suite 102, Bldg 9,
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Phone: 416-364-2782
info@artagallery.ca
www.artagallery.ca

Canvas Gallery

950 Dupont St.
Toronto, ON M6G 1Z5

Phone: 416-532-5275
art@canvasgallery.ca

Koyman Galleries

1771 St.Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa, ON K1G 3V4

613-526-1562
www.koymangalleries.com

Propeller

30 Abell Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A9

416-504-7142
www.propellerctr.com

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