Facing Time

Deborah Putman, Vefele Looks in the Mirror, 2009. Surrey Art Gallery permanent collection

Facing Time

Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC - To Mar 27

by Robin Laurence

This ambitious group exhibition revisits one of art’s most compelling subjects, the human face – especially significant in this pandemic era, when we are forced to encounter each other virtually or attempt to read live expressions through obscuring masks. The works on display, by artists past and present, employ a broad swath of media, materials and forms, from psychologically charged oil portraits and expressionistic collages to art stamps and ink drawings, and from needlepoint tributes (to great philosophers) to ceramic sculptures, archival photographs and digital interfaces.

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