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Jan 18
Art and Art History presents Rachel MacFarlane

Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location Trafalgar Road Campus, Annie Smith Arts Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 2L1

Rachel MacFarlane will discuss her current exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery called ‘Fool’s Paradise’. MacFarlane will discuss how residencies, personal history, and a thirst for art history has lead her to make this body of work. She’ll discuss her process of working from paper models and their subsequent translation in paint. And her specific concern with the space between the temporally observed state of the models versus the illusionistic space of the painted surface. Critic Mitch Speed describes her particularities by saying, “Despite this resonance with past painting, MacFarlane's models and pictures cling assiduously to our present moment: or at least to the subjectivities that live in it, formed by decades of evolving digital entertainment — so many video game environments and animated film worlds. Stylistically, the internal dialectic of her work comprises these referents, and the outdated modality of painting, mixing landscape and still life.”

Rachel MacFarlane has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA, from OCAD University, and a Certificate of Advanced Visual Studies from OCAD Florence program. She’s had solo exhibitions at Nicholas Metivier Gallery,Toronto ,Mason Gross Gallery, NJ, the Howard Park Institute, Toronto, and Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. She’s participated in group exhibitions in NYC, San Francisco, Florence, Quebec City, Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia. MacFarlane was awarded the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, the NSCAD Robert Pope Artist Residency, Triangle Artists Workshop residency, NYC, and was a visiting artist at Cow House Studios, Ireland. She received the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University, the Rutgers Mason Gross Dean’s Choice Award, and an Ontario Arts Council Grant. Her work is in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, The Donovan Collection at the University of Toronto and numerous private collections. She is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery and Jarvis Hall Gallery. 


Image: Rachel MacFarlane, Night Crawlers at Tangerine Magic Hour, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 56 inches

Image: Rachel MacFarlane, Night Crawlers at Tangerine Magic Hour, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 56 inches