Phantoms In the Front Yard
Founded in 2010, Phantoms in the Front Yard (PITFY) is a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective focused on elevating the human figure’s role as muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The diverse collective features artists from a broad range of career stages, and takes a unique, collaborative approach to developing and exhibiting figurative work. PITFY shows take place in unusual settings and are shorter than typical exhibitions, creating excitement around figurative art for all, not just among academics and industry veterans.
For each of our shows one group member artist proposes a theme that the entire group then develops work around.
The collaborative nature of this process continues to result in exciting work from exhibition to exhibition.
Phantoms in the Front Yard featuring:
Michael Abraham, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Jay Senetchko,
Paul Morstad, Christian Nicolay, Bruce Pashak, Jonathan Sutton, and Caroline Weaver,
in collaboration with curator Pennylane Shen,
and select guest artists.
Public Dreams, Private Myths
For their upcoming autumn show, the Phantoms In the Front Yard take on the theme of contemporary myth, and delve into the labyrinth of modern spirituality. Through the lenses of classical and aboriginal mythologies from the world over, each Phantoms member will explore, distort and personalize these wide ranging, yet related narratives. From the fantastical to the banal, sagas, fables and fairy tales will be distilled and synthesized with each artist's respective figurative medium.
Touching on folk tales, creation myth, and personal family legends, Public Dreams, Private Myths will present an array of dynamic paintings, drawings and sculpture which will challenge the viewer and have them asking: who are the gods and archetypes of our time? For this show, each member must create a small sculptural component in addition to their 2-dimensional painting.
Location: Meccanica by Cressey Development on Quebec and 1st
Date: Thursday Nov 6 - set up, Friday Nov 7th, 2014 - during the day open, with reception/party at night.
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