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Lance Olsen, 2.8 on the Richter scale

Lance Olsen, 2.8 on the Richter scale (2013), acrylic, pencil and oil bar on photograph [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

Difference & Repetition

Slide Room Gallery
Victoria BC – Nov 1-Dec 2, 2013

Tanta DeStaffany Pennington, HOFFEN (hope)

Tanta DeStaffany Pennington, HOFFEN (hope) (2013), acrylic on canvas and board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

Debora Alanna, Difference and Repetition (2013), acrylic and oil, plaster of Paris, grout, hot glue, mesh (steel, copper, brass) on board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

Debora Alanna, Difference and Repetition (2013), acrylic and oil, plaster of Paris, grout, hot glue, mesh (steel, copper, brass) on board [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

arol Lyne, Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter)

Carol Lyne, Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter) (2013), oil on canvas [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

Gerhard Richter, Abstract painting 587-5

Gerhard Richter, Abstract painting 587-5 (1985), oil on canvas [Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC, Nov 1-Dec 2]

Difference & Repetition, a 30-person group show, is the curatorial debut of Efren Quiroz, well known around Victoria for his online arts magazine, Exhibit-V. Along with such standard fare as a calendar of events and a gallery list, Exhibit-V provides an open forum for local arts writers, as well as access to Quiroz’s own body of work – an exhaustive video series documenting every art opening and happening in the city since the inception of this project, five years ago.

He writes: “I chose to name the exhibition...‘Difference and Repetition’…based on French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s idea of how a new series brings back an older series and transforms it into something completely new so that repetition brings about difference. Instead of looking for a theme and going to the studios looking for appropriate work, I thought, wouldn’t it be better to put together artists from different backgrounds, give them one iconic painting and from that work ask them to create their own original painting? I really like Gerhard Richter as an artist, so I chose Abstract Painting (1985) [Catalogue Raisonné: 587-5] as the source material.”

The show’s participants (which include James Gordaneer and Lance Austin Olsen) are, says Quiroz, all excited to be part of doing something using Richter’s work as inspiration.

Christine Clark



 Sat, Nov 9, 2013