Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9th from 2 to 4pm.
Following on from the success of his previous and ongoing collection – ‘Pop Art Mountains’, his new body of work reflects his continued reverence to mountains and his ever-growing concerns regarding the depiction and understanding of mountain geography, cartography, and the way we employ technological filtering to suit our perception of seemingly wild, unattainable places. For this show, Pirrie focuses on the Canadian Rockies.
Three lines of investigation form the basis of this show: The ‘Map series’ – exploded contour maps of the ice fields the artist uses to navigate complex mountain environments; ‘Mountain series – grids’ – portraits of mountains he has skied or climbed with grid overlays, extending the concept of relief and travel; ‘Mountain Series – dots’ – portraits of mountains with dot overlays as a form of plotting.
Still perhaps in an experimental stage, the ‘Map Series’ takes on an almost abstract quality, while retaining Pirrie’s rigorousness for details.
In his ‘Mountain series’ (grids and dots), the artist removes the individual mountain from the surrounding range thus decontextualizing the subject, making it symbolic rather than representational. His use of bright monochromatic colors as well as the dot and grid overlays draws aesthetic and conceptual comparisons to Pop Art and continues his investigation of how we perceive the mountains; examining the function of representation and how preserving something in imagery can make it iconic.
David Pirrie, comments, “ I have been climbing these mountains all my life. My numerous mountaineering expeditions have given me an intimate sense of geological time. The sediment stratification of millions of years cannot go unnoticed, and over years of personal inquiry, I feel I have developed a special relationship with its complexities that I try to convey in my art.
I use the dots and grids to represent coordinate plotting, metaphorically pointing to the impermanence of their man-made structures that attempt to prescribe location at the intersection of human and geological time. I also paint evidence of erosion, hoping to remind us of the temporal nature of the mountains which, seemingly anchored in time, force us to acknowledge our transient existence on this earth.”
Enter to win this drawing from David Pirrie at Opening Reception on Saturday, April 9th from 2 to 4pm.