New paintings, collages and assemblage sculpture that play with the intersections of work and family, tradition and technology, alienation in modern society and necessity of withdrawing into nature.
A Little Truth in Everything – Tina Newlove
November 9 – December 4, 2016
@ The Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre, 515 Main Street, Glen Williams, Halton Hills ON, just outside of Georgetown, 905-873-8203
I am grateful to Hamilton Artists Inc for their recommendation to the Ontario Arts Council for the Exhibition Assistance grant I have received for this show.
My previous exhibition at the Mill was in 2007 ‘CROWD’.
A Little Truth in Everything includes new oil paintings, bird’s nest assemblages holding estrogen/placebo pills, a ‘game’ sculpture with images of guns and bleeding hearts (the flowers) on wooden blocks, and abstract leather collages with themes of nesting, fleeing and rehoming.
Dictionary pages with their definitions and strong grid-like structures hold repetitive circular oil paintings of symbolic imagery. Underlying ideas of ‘Women’s work’ are punctuated by methodical hand-stitching in Protest Girl and the apples in Mechanized Biological Impulses hint at still lives, bowls of fruit, fertility, sexuality and experiences in the kitchen. The past and present seem to intersect daily in my life; Protest Girl is made with trim and bits from my grandmother’s sewing box and the hand-gun collages stem from conversations with my twelve-year-old son about weapons, video games and violence in the news.
The oil paintings in A Little Truth in Everything reflect a searching for home, is it in your heart, is it a place or is it present in the people you are with? Abstract figures struggle to be seen and yet at the same time hide and sink away from the viewer’s sight line. The focal point can be under the horizon line, dead centre or half off the canvas, suggesting a continuing story. Metaphorical scenes catch figures in moments of contemplation, anxiety or in mid-conversation with unseen counterparts.
Don’t miss page 2 below of the gallery to view more images.