Justin Ogilvie

Press release

October 27 - November 12, 2005
Artist reception: Thursday, October 27, 6 - 8pm

Justin Ogilvie is a master draughtsman who captures the sensations of bodies in space using a unique combination of pencil, pastel and oil on canvas or paper. Dissolve consists of large-scale works of up to six by eight feet in size as well as works of a more intimate scale. These drawing/paintings evoke an almost physical response from the viewer. There is a sense of perceptual disorientation as bodies emerge and rotate in space, distorting and upheaving our natural balance and perspective.

Ogilvie's muted, earth-tone palette is enhanced with the sensibility of raw pigmentation which lends them an archival quality reminiscent of antiquity. The writhing, timeless figures and earth-tone palette are coupled with what he describes as the "anatomical gaze of the Old Masters" and yet, his work is actually less about gaze than experience. Through this work, Ogilvie seeks to express a phenomenology of consciousness as experienced in and through our bodies, with no separation of mind and body. The concept of "self" as a self-contained, detached entity is negated by his shimmering exchange and dissolution of physical forms.

Working exclusively from life, Ogilvie exquisitely describes physical relationships in a metaphysical manner.

Toronto-born, Justin Ogilvie graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2000. This is his second solo exhibition with the Diane Farris Gallery. He continues to live and work in Vancouver.

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Dissolve, 2005

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