I was doing some late night research for illustrations of birds for an infographic piece that we have couming through the studio in the next week. As far as I’m concerned, any research project that allows you to sift through endless illustrations by Charley Harper cannot be a bad thing. However, my intended post about Harper was sidelined when I stumbled upon the collage work of Kareem Rizk.
William Betts returns to the Jennifer Kostuik gallery this week with a new series of paintings that explore our notions of privacy in the digital age. Whereas his last exhibit dealt with the passive mediating agent of the surveillance/CCTV camera, this series shifts towards the theme of voyeurism depicting beach and swimming pool scenes that reflect our paparazzi/Facebook-fueled fetish for consuming personal moments within the public space.
The paintings are created using a technique that involves drilling small holes in the back of acrylic mirrors and filling these holes with paint. When viewed from the front, the holes appear as tiny colored spheres. The images are composed of sub-pixels (similar to a television screen) arranged in a triangle arrangement, each providing different color intensity to complete the image.
Opening night is the 16th, with Betts delivering a talk at 6pm. Not to be missed.