David Kaarsemaker, View 2, Oil, wax, and spray-paint on canvas. 48" x 64". 2016

David Kaarsemaker, View 2, Oil, wax, and spray-paint on canvas. 48" x 64". 2016

DAVID KAARSEMAKER, MFA '14, Scrim, Solo Exhibition at Karsh-Masson Gallery

The exhibition runs from June 16-July 24th with an artist talk on June 26th
Karsh Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Ave West, inside Ottawa City Hall

From the Karsh Masson Catalogue, essay by Carol Wainio:
Kaarsemaker explores the alienating aspects of public space, urban redevelopment, and museum discourse, a mise en abyme of representation within representation...  The spaces, now tipped up, take on a theatrical quality, though, again, the living agents of social discourse are missing. Instead we may see the vacant rooms and empty chairs of a conference on contemporary art. The paintings leave us unsure as to whether we are inside this world or out, like the animals in glass cases isolated from the reflections of nature found on the ubiquitous glass panels of public buildings. These are displays which resist display, which obscure and make manifest layers of construction and mediation, reflecting back to us both the outside physical world and the inner world the viewers or audiences bring with them.