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Sleepwalk, 2016
Fiona Ackerman
Oil and acrylic on canvas
66 X 54 in.

Toronto International Art Fair 2016
Oct 28th-Oct 31st, 2016

Winsor Gallery will be attending Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair. Please visit us at Booth #C79.

Winsor Gallery is pleased to be presenting an exhibition featuring exciting new mixed media paintings by Canadian artist Andy Dixon.

Andy Dixon

Andy Dixon is hyper-aware of art's relationship with money. Signifiers of wealth abound in his large acrylic paintings, which take as their subjects stately lords, reclining nudes, ornate ballrooms, bathing beauties, and prominent paintings of the aforementioned motifs. Borrowing content from Rensaissance art, Flemish still lifes, and Google Image searches of "most expensive vases", his subject matter is selected on the basis of public expectation of what an expensive painting should look like. By sampling content verified as valuable by the market, Dixon positions his own work to ask, "What is the value of a painting of a valuable object?"

Our value of art is truly a phenomenon that operates on a set of rules distinct from the ones that govern the rest of our world. Paintings that feature the tropes Dixon samples from perhaps at one time had social or political agency but are now simply commodities assigned value by the highest bidder. Paintings of expensive things are themselves expensive things collected by the wealthy to promote the luxury lifestyle. However, Dixon isn't out to mock the affluent. Rather, he is a complicit player in the game; his larger paintings of upper class social scenes tend to feature his own previous paintings hanging on the walls in the background. As Alex Quicho writes in Luxury Object, Luxury Subject, "His postmodern non-interest in either vilifying or reifying luxury cooly transmutes its weirdness."

Dixon's work is full of juxtapositions. A self-taught painter, he treats his high-brow content in a crude manner, matching a vivid pastel palette with a rough line treatment. His practice has recently expanded to include 3D sculptures which mimic the features in his paintings-absurdly disproportionate, yet still created with an eye towards beauty. In this way, Dixon's own appreciation of his subject matter is evident; and while his work questions the subjective valuation of artwork, it also proves that it doesn't necessarily detract from its beauty.









Sleepwalk, 2016
Fiona Ackerman
Oil and acrylic on canvas
66 X 54 in.

Toronto International Art Fair 2016 SOLO Booth
October 28th- October 31st, 2016

Winsor Gallery will be attending Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair. Please visit us at Booth #S10

Winsor Gallery is pleased to be presenting a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Canadian artist Fiona Ackerman.

Fiona Ackerman

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." - Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1602

A painting is a mirror of the natural world. Like an ecosystem, every element acts in relation to other elements, creating a unified whole. On canvas, this natural word takes the form of a garden, referring always beyond its enclosure. The garden is the site and symbol of our imagination. It is the breeding ground for our invention, where we harness the wild. Our mythologies make a utopia of the garden; our current environmental reality, a looming dystopia. These paintings imagine the future as a garden where artificial invention obeys the laws of an organism and the wild is tamed through reflection.

As a painter, Fiona Ackerman is continually reinventing the way she represents her wolrd, her environments and the places of her imagination. Exhibited across Canada and in Germany, her work is diverse in style and deeply rooted in the practice of painting. An ongoing exploration of artist studios as subject drew her away from abstraction and out of her Vancouver environment into the workspace of artists at home and abroad. Her current series explores "the garden" as a site of symbolic invention. A larger series of these works will be exhibited at Winsor Gallery in November 2016.