Vincent London - Cut Out

Vincent London, Montreal artist, bases his pictorial practice on discrepancies between ideas and random images. He transcribes this bohemian modus operandi through paint. Using a technique similar to that of expressionism, in rich granular textures of oil impasto, he brings out situations and characters in unexpected ways. In small formats, he cuts up the composition so the viewer memorizes the work’s key elements. The relation that exists between exploding cars and men in the middle of choreography (for example) remains a mystery. There’s no definite answer. He expresses the inconceivable in a new poetic reality by showing existence’s unstable character, where can be born a primitive and absurd hostility. In this universe of pictorial oxymoron, viewers are drawn to the strange familiar nature of the scenes which bring forth surprise and dismay.

For his new exhibit, Vincent London stretches the limits of his imagery by giving it a more stylized, dreamlike character. The confrontation between the familiar and the unknown is emphasized with a black “screen” in which the faded perspective merges the background with the “decor” in the ghostly glow of picturesque or indoor scenes. In unstable temporal spaces where gravity is sometimes altered, the spectator-viewer can focus on painted figurative elements like vibrant geometric shapes which float scattered at the periphery of mostly female bodies using suggestive or seductive poses. Yet a different comprehension of these beautiful disembodied spheres makes us take a meaningful step back from what was and is no longer. “Cut Out” is the avenue Vincent London uses to juxtapose the conceptual assembly of several independent elements (magazine cut outs), of locations, characters, objects, all transcribed using oil paint.

London’s work has taken him throughout the province of Quebec as well as Ontario, where he participated in a group exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2011.