Public Dreams, Private Myths

Friday, November 7th
Open for viewing: 12 noon - 6pm
Reception party: 7pm - 10pm

Location: Meccanica by Cressey Development
102 East 1st Avenue (and Quebec), Vancouver

In their latest exhibition, Phantoms In the Front Yard take on the theme of contemporary myth, and delve into the labyrinth of modern spirituality. Through the lenses of classical and aboriginal mythologies from the world over, each Phantoms member will explore, distort and personalize these wide ranging, yet related narratives. From the fantastical to the banal, sagas, fables and fairy tales will be distilled and synthesized with each artist's respective figurative medium.

Public Dreams, Private Myths will present an array of dynamic paintings, drawings and sculpture, which touch on folk tales, creation myth, and personal family legends, to challenge the viewer and prompt the question: who are the gods and archetypes of our time?

For this show, each member will create a small sculptural component in addition to their 2-dimensional pieces.

Artists include: Michael Abraham, Paul Morstad Painting, Jonathan Sutton, Christian Nicolay, Jeremiah Birnbaum, and Jay Senetchko, with guest member Justin Ogilvie.

This exhibition takes place under the umbrella of Meccanica Presentation Centre’s Revolving Door event series. Expect entertainemnt, food, drink and as always, fantastic paintings as well as sculpture.

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Founded in 2010, Phantoms in the Front Yard (PITFY) is a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective focused on elevating the human figure’s role as muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The diverse collective features artists from a broad range of career stages, and takes a unique, collaborative approach to developing and exhibiting figurative work. PITFY shows take place in unusual settings and are shorter than typical exhibitions, creating excitement around figurative art for all, not just among academics and industry veterans.

For each of our shows one group member artist proposes a theme that the entire group then develops work around.

The collaborative nature of this process continues to result in exciting work from exhibition to exhibition.

Phantoms in the Front Yard featuring:

Michael Abraham, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Jay Senetchko,

Paul Morstad, Christian Nicolay, Bruce Pashak, Jonathan Sutton, and Caroline Weaver,
in collaboration with curator Pennylane Shen,
and select guest artists.

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