Collingwood Public Library is featuring the work of Simcoe County artist Jim Ogilvie for the month of September. The show, titled Canadian Cultural Landscapes, explores the intrinsic relationship between nature and our Canadian cultural identity.
The public is invited to a meet and greet with the artist on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Collingwood Public Library.
Canadian Cultural Landscapes challenges its viewers to reconsider their basic understanding of the people, societies and cultures found across local neighbourhoods and Canada itself. Ogilvie explores the idea that commonly held beliefs are continually shaped by landscapes, both real and imagined, as a means to artistic, social and political ends.
"It is inherently natural to look at the landscape around us through culturally constructed lenses that make what we see, appear to be that what we expect to perceive," says Ogilvie. "This exhibition encourages an exploration of these diverse 'landscapes' and asks viewers to consider how their own interpretation, and others, shapes their lives."
The exhibition features assorted paintings, with subject matters of landscapes, figures, rural scenes and city life, depicted in a variety of artistic styles to challenge viewers to critically consider their understanding of Canada.
Ogilvie believes the Canadian cultural landscape is a constantly shifting mosaic. He parallels this change by using a range of artistic styles. Viewers will delight in his use of realism, impressionism, posterization, pointillism, abstract art and more contemporary techniques.
"I don't want to get into a rut and end up painting one type of thing for the rest of my life," he says. "My paintings are snapshots of the many physical and metaphysical concepts that shape our understandings of being Canadian."
A graphic artist with over 35 years experience, Ogilvie now devotes his full attention to painting while residing with his wife in Midland, Ontario.
Canadian Cultural Landscapes runs from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Collingwood Public Library.
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