Disasters of War
November 20, 2014 - December 24, 2014
(Due to the graphic content of some of the images on show this exhibition is unsuitable for children and sensitive viewers.)
Man’s brutality towards his fellow man has been well documented in art throughout the ages, but with the advent of social media and the pervasive use of hand-held video cameras and smart phones, the horrors of war are now brought to our attention in real time. Unspeakable acts of violence have proliferated in the media to such an extent that we have become anaesthetized and no longer shocked by what we see or hear. We simply change the channel and allow ourselves to be transported to another reality at the touch of a button. Unfortunately for those living the nightmare changing the channel is not an option.
This exhibition does not take sides nor does it intend to pass judgment on the reasons people act the way they do. It does however question the methods employed by the perpetrators of savagery to garner the attention they think their cause deserves, and draws attention to the collateral damage caused by such actions. The exhibition also questions the roll of world leadership involvement in the affairs of others to suit their own agendas...from individuals to entire nations.
"Desaparecido", painted in 2002, remembers those who “disappeared” under military dictatorships and oppressive regimes in numerous countries in South America and other parts of the world. This work forms part of a suite of 4 paintings that was exhibited at Britannia Community Centre Library in May 2002. This painting has not been exhibited since that time. The rest of the suite of paintings are in the Simon Fraser University collection in Vancouver, BC
Based on the masterpiece “Liberty Leading the People” painted by Eugene Delacroix in 1830, "Topless Jihad" references recent protests in Paris by the women’s rights group Femen regarding freedom of speech and association.
Based on Goya’s “The 3rd of May 1808” depicting Napoleon’s soldiers executing Spanish nationalists, this painting references the massacre of defenceless “infidels” and clerics by Islamic State operatives.