Opening Reception Thursday, September 10 from 7 – 9 pm. Artist in attendance.
"Perceptual Disorders (after Keret)"
Julian Forrest, "Perceptual Disorders (after Keret)," 2014, oil on canvas, two panels 72″ x 60″ each.
Julian Forrest now lives and works in Edmonton. He received his BFA at Mount Allison University in 1995 and his MFA at the University of Alberta in 2005. Julian Forrest is the Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. Julian Forrest is the 2015 Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize for the diptych ‘Perceptual Disorders’ (after Keret). His work is featured in both private and public collections.
“ I am interested in social constructions of masculinity (archetypes and stereotypes); notions of conquest and role-play; the relationship between industry and landscape (literal, cultural, and imagined); as well as migration, alienation and the taming of the (Wild) west. Referencing familiar images of suburbia and domestic spaces, these works reimagine moments from a bygone era when societal/gender roles were more rigidly defined. The figures in these paintings are embedded within unlikely juxtapositions of interior and exterior or urban and suburban environments, in which I hint at moments of tension in utopia. “ Julian Forrest 2015