Contractions by Tristram Lansdowne
Literalism, absurdity, and dream-like washes.
MH June 19, 2014
Working in small-scale watercolours on paper, Toronto artist Tristram Lansdowneexplores his interest in literalism and absurdity as well as landscape and architecture in his new watercolour series ‘Contractions’. Represented by LE Gallery, Lansdowne’s newest exhibition confronts “the Romantic pursuit of capturing atmospheric phenemena with a compromised vista”. Lansdowne’s work is delicate and distorted with dream-like washes and colours, rife with shapes that seem to explode or fold in on each other, thicken or dissolve. Some elements of landscape such as water, clouds, occasional rainbows, and cliffs can be discerned but mostly appear through a hallucinatory field of vision. Lansdowne’s paintings are at once mysteriously calm and beautifully unsettling as they prompt the viewer to think about questions of permanence and function. Tristram Lansdowne’s ‘Contractions’ is on at the LE Gallery (1183 Dundas St. W) until June 28th