‘Uniform’ – October 2010
The figurative artist collective PHANTOMS IN THE FRONT YARD is pleased to present UNIFORM, opening October 22-November 30th at Pera Art Gallery. Opening reception: Saturday, Oct 23rd 6-9pm
The first of its kind at the forefront of figurative art, Phantoms in… the Front Yard is a touring art collective that boldly challenges the contemporary Canadian art scene, to revive the human subject as muse. Figurative art has become the phantom of the fine art world, haunting Modernism with this dated and classical reputation. Thus Phantoms in the Front Yard enters with a louder voice – refusing to be dismissed, ignored or forgotten.
UNIFORM addresses the everyday socially constructed masks or uniforms donned to maintain societal norms and a collective order/unity. Within their vastly different styles and media (impressionism, hyper realism, illustration, drawing, and abstraction) each artist has chosen a “uniform” with which they most identify. The narrative running through each piece conveys the rope or umbilicus barely binding us as a civilization to reality, to one another, in the midst of constant power structures at work to maintain and destroy them.