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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.

October 22 to November 30th

Opening Reception: Saturday October 22nd, 6-10

Pera Gallery 413 West Hastings Street

 

The figurative artist collective PHANTOMS IN THE FRONT YARD is pleased to present UNIFORM, opening October 22-November 30th at Pera Art Gallery. Opening reception: Saturday, Oct 23rd 6-9pm

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. Figurative art has become the phantom of the fine art world, haunting Modernism with this dated and classical reputation. Thus Phantoms in the Front Yard enters with a louder voice – refusing to be dismissed, ignored or forgotten.

UNIFORM addresses the everyday socially constructed masks or uniforms donned to maintain societal norms and a collective order/unity. Within their vastly different styles and media (impressionism, hyper realism, illustration, drawing, and abstraction) each artist has chosen a “uniform” with which they most identify. The narrative running through each piece conveys the rope or umbilicus barely binding us as a civilization to reality, to one another, in the midst of constant power structures at work to maintain and destroy them.