Striking paintings of figures in free fall are on display at the Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, May 10, 2010 – Free Fall, a series of paintings by Joshua Barndt, is on display until May 23 2010 at the Art Gallery of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.

In this exhibition, Joshua Barndt has depicted figures that represent our society. These bodies falling through space appear vulnerable and out of control. For Barndt, these paintings represent a response to the many scientific studies and articles on the risk that climate change poses to earth’s delicate ecosystems, and a fear that it could already be too late to slow down this process.

Creating this series was an attempt to come to terms with this feeling of instability, and he expresses this through the striking imagery of bodies in free fall. The oil paintings depict friends and family members realistically rendered and tumbling through space. The backgrounds are intentionally void of the contexts of time or place, putting the focus solely on the figures and their precarious positions, which are at once compelling and disturbing. The paintings of figures in mid-air refer to fears of impending disaster, but perhaps could also point to liberation. This series provokes discussion, and inspires the viewer to come up with their own interpretation and response.

Joshua Barndt is a Toronto-based painter, installation artist, and curator. His artistic work stands out for its technical proficiency and raw emotive imagery. His work explores the decline of contemporary society and environmental degradation, and is dominated by dramatic images of bodies in free fall and dark dystopian landscapes. Barndt has exhibited extensively in Montreal and Toronto. He presented large public installations as part of Art Souterrain during Montreal’s contemporary arts festival Nuit blanche.  He is represented in Montreal by Galerie SAS.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

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