Oakville Galleries Presents: Depth of Perception

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Depth of Perception
Oakville Galleries Presents: Depth of Perception
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Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland has been director of Oakville Galleries, since 2008. Educated in women’s studies and cultural studies at York University and the University of Victoria, respectively, Hyland has been with Oakville Galleries since 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the Galleries, Hyland held positions at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the City of Toronto.

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Since the advent of motion pictures in the 19th century, screens have offered a dynamic interface between lived human experience and a lifelike illusion of reality. These two-dimensional planes have given us access to objects and experiences far beyond the limits of time and space. In doing so, they have simultaneously dematerialized the world and framed the boundaries of our imagination.

The division between the “real” and “virtual”—that is, tangible things and the spectral images we encounter on screens—has always seemed relatively clear. In the 21st century, however, this distinction has begun to erode; screens and their seductive images have proven to be transformative to our perception of environments, objects and ourselves, while taking on a presence and palpability akin to “solid” objects.

Since at least the 1960s, artists have mined this unsteady relationship between object and illusion—between sculpture and screen—though never more so than in recent years. Depth of Perception brings together the work of fifteen contemporary artists to explore how visual perception and physical existence have been impacted by the screen. Whether acting as frames , mirrors or interfaces for the world, the works in Depth of Perception suggest a state of material flux, one where surface and depth blur, and the tangible and the illusory move ever closer together.

Participating Artists

Trisha Baga, Peter Campus, Alex Da Corte, Anne de Vries, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Hadley+Maxwell, Marisa Hoicka and Johnny Forever, Oliver Husain, Vishal Jugdeo, Owen Kydd, Linda Quinlan, and Judy Radul.

Installation Opening
Please join us to celebrate the opening on Sunday 18 January 2015 from 2:30 pm–3:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square (120 Navy Street), followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens (1306 Lakeshore Road East) from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm.

This installation is sponsored by Culture Ireland



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