Tomorrow’s your last chance to see Billy Bert Young’s show Inner Varnish at the Michael Gibson Gallery. Young’s work has a fluidity and rhythm about it that is engaging and intriguing because it leads the eye through each piece and creates a narrative of signs and symbols. Imagery includes ghostly figures, mutants and mystics interspersed amongst more everyday objects like TV screens, mirrors, and ladders. These works don’t intend to tell a linear story but focus on the exploration of the human condition through complex yet playful renderings of familiar icons. So, in short, sans art history schooling induced analysis, Young’s work is simply fantastic and captivating, you do not want to miss your chance to catch this epic show. This was his first solo exhibition and considering the extremely positive reception from public, if you can’t make there by tomorrow, never fear, I predict many more shows on the horizon.
The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm and since you’ll probably be out and about enjoying long weekend festivities so why not stop into 157 Carling Street (off Richmond next to Cousin Vinny’s) to check this out? Oh, and admission is free, always a plus. While there you can check out another phenomenal Canadian artist, Clark McDougall in an accompanying show entitled Clark’s Urban Life. McDougall’s work is colourful and cartoon-like making it a complementary aspect to the exhibition as a whole. Be sure to stay tuned to LondonFuse for a video featuring footage and interviews from the opening, ‘tis going to be great.
For more photos from the opening that took place at Michael Gibson Gallery on May 31st click here. And for a video discussing each McDougall and Young click here.
Saturday June 30th: Billy Bert Young’s Inner Varnish, 11am-5pm, Michael Gibson Gallery (157 Carling Street), FREE