Well, OK, not really...
Location: Art Rental and Sales Gallery (Museum London,
421 Ridout St.)
By Jen Bechard
ITSELF DOESN'T LOOK TOO OUTRAGEOUS, BUT HEY... inside Museum London
is a whole new world of art.
A delightful mixture
of mainly London artists is the best way to describe Outrageous?,
the Art Rental and Sales Gallery's latest exhibit. The assortment of local
artists provides just a glimpse of the talent that comes out of southern
The works in the collection range from abstract, colourful mixed media
projects to more subtle watercolour scenes reflecting nature. Upon walking
through the door, viewers will immediately begin to pick up on an overall
feeling of cheerful exuberance.
Windsor-born Brian Saby is responsible for the majority of the more unique
works. Saby's painting entitled "Anger to Passion #3" is an
explosion of acrylic colours, which contrast with black shading to truly
represent the title of the work.
As well as his own paintings, Saby works with Aidan Urquhart to produce
"Cold Drinks, Hot Day" and "Aiden on the Jack Paar Show!,"
two creatively composed mixed media projects. Along with Saby, Urquhart,
a resident of London and the McIntosh Gallery's Artist-in-Residence (1998),
stand apart from the other artists in the show through their fun combination
of pictures and colour.
Along with the oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings that make up the
majority of the show are two etchings done by Linda Montgomery and Claire
Kerwin. In addition, Josephine DeVincenzo creates a fascinating mixed
media project, featuring pieces of copper embedded in the works.
"Yellow Carpet" by Pat O'Hara stands out as one of the most
creative pieces in the show. O'Hara, winner of the Merit Award for painting
(1981), uses layers of different mediums along with bright colours and
metallic shades, relaying the "outrageous" theme of the show
more effectively than any other work in the exhibit.
For those who prefer more traditional paintings, Outrageous?
presents these as well. Western graduate Puck Merkies has two watercolours
in the show: "Rainstorm Lake Huron" and "The Chicago
Run." These paintings, in addition to Francis Caprani's "Morning
Mist," are typical impressionist pieces.
Though it is an enjoyable showcase, Outrageous? is not all that
its title may suggest. Although many of the works in the show are brightly
coloured and use creative techniques, few of them would be classified
as truly "outrageous."
If you are looking for an exhibit of Canadian talent, primarily from the
London area, then Outrageous? is for you; however, for those
art lovers hoping to stumble across something completely zany and off
the wall, let the search continue, because you won't find it here.
Outrageous? will continue at the Art Rental and Sales Gallery until
the end of March. Admission is free.