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Past Exhibitions

JULIAN FORREST : self

March 9, 2007 - April 20, 2007

The exhibition comments on the rapid change in visual culture that has been precipitated by the rise of consumer digital photography and individual opportunities for mass communication through the internet. The artist collects the self-portraits of strangers that he finds posted on the website www.hotornot.com and translates them into the more traditional portrait medium of the oil painting. This process confounds our usual understanding of the roles of artist, subject, original, reproduction, intention, and appreciation in art and in the wider visual culture. Julian Forrest lives and works in Edmonton.