Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

Tristram Lansdowne

From October 3rd to October 28th
Opening October 5th, 2012 from 6-9pm

In this exhibition of new watercolours and sculpture, Tristram Lansdowne continues his investigation of landscape and architecture in relation to ideas of permanence and function. The new work has expanded to include geological and botanical frames of reference, which add new temporal concerns to Lansdowne's exploration of the metaphorical power of ruins.

The watercolours present richly described scenes in which various tropes of landscape and architecture have been assembled to create conflicted systems, developed according to a logic dominated more by historical glitch than any autonomous idea of form and function. Both enchanting natural phenomenon and deluding vision, the mirage serves, here, as false refuge but also as an opportunity for divination, for time travel. Vestiges of architectural modernism appear, but only as specimens in a larger natural history that includes 17th century geological theories and Romantic totems. This is a world comprised of art historical flotsam, predicated on faulty idealism and mistaken identity, where everything is an invasive species.

Also installed in the gallery will be a new sculptural piece entitled Operation Friedensreich, in homage to the late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, that examines the idea of architecture as life-support system.

Lansdowne (CDN b.1983) is recognized as one of Canada’s top watercolour based fine artists. Lansdowne holds a BFA from OCADU, and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Lansdowne was short listed for the RBC Painting Competition in 2012 and has upcoming projects in Portland, Montreal, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto. Lansdowne’s work has been exhibited at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Boston Centre for the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.