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Phantoms of the Front Yard

PHANTOMS IN THE FRONT YARD is a touring art collective that brings together the work of Vancouver artists Michael Abraham, Jordan Bent, Jeremy Birnbaum, Chad Krowchuk, Marcus Macleod and Jay Senetchko boldly challenging the contemporary Canadian art scene, to revive the human subject as muse.

Figurative art has become the phantom of the fine art world, haunting both Modernism and Postmodernism with its ties to a classical tradition, refusing to be dismissed, ignored or forgotten.

On Friday, June 3rd the figurative artists’ collective Phantoms in the Front Yard presented On Great Men, a new body of work addresses the constructions, stigmas and archetypes surrounding what it means to be defined as a “great man.”
Chad Krowchuk uses irony to highlight and subvert the absurdity of such a loaded term, while others like Marcus Macleod and Jordan Bent look within themselves as artists to uproot the answers.

Both Jeremiah Birnbaum, known for incorporating and critiquing icons of constructed masculinity, and Jay Senechtko, whose work champions western art history’s hegemony within post modernism, address the conflicting nature of the “great man” stereotype in society.

Michael Abraham’s images ask us to ponder what exactly defines greatness; whether it is recognizing one’s own power or one’s own insignificance?

Perhaps it is creating an impact in society or in the life of another.
The first of its kind at the forefront of figurative art, Phantoms in the Front Yard is a touring art collective that boldly challenges the contemporary Canadian art scene, to revive the human subject as muse.

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