September 12, 2015
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
This exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta is the most comprehensive examination of artist Chris Cran’s practice mounted to date and includes over 100 works surveying his artistic production over the last 30 years.
One of the most influential Alberta artists working today and one of Canada’s preeminent painters of the last few decades, Cran is known for his experimentation with traditional genres of painting, bringing his own unique perspective to still-life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction. His work challenges the traditional medium of painting to explore and question other forms of representation, including photography and printed media.
Working within the familiar terrain of well-known artistic movements and styles such as Pop Art, Photorealism, Op Art and abstraction, Cran challenges the viewer’s understanding and experience of them by playfully combining tradition with borrowed scenes from popular culture, including images from cartoons, advertising, magazine illustrations and newspapers. His recent work is a culmination of the tropes and techniques he has developed over his thirty year career, and at this stage in his practice, his work still defies expectations, while exploring perception and challenging our understanding of painting.
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