Pearl Van Geest: Possible Worlds

Pearl Van Geest, Marsh Totality, 2024. Oil and cold wax on board. 38″ diameter.

Possible Worlds
Pearl Van Geest

May 22 – June 15, 2024
Doors Open: Working With Stencils workshop, Saturday, May 25, 10 am – 5 pm (while supplies last)
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 1 – 4 pm
Red Head Gallery, Toronto

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Possible Worlds by Pearl Van Geest.

Informed by theories of queer ecology, Van Geest explores the connection between the human/animal body and the natural world, working towards the blurring of commonly perceived binaries and dichotomies. Driven by a desire to shed some of these boundaries, she has used various strategies such as placing and integrating the lip-sticked kiss mark into landscapes and onto maps; more explicitly portraying a person consuming or being consumed by flower; physically tracing wave and wind patterns over time and focusing on the materiality of paint. In her most recent work, Van Geest uses rotated photographs taken while paddling along mirrored shorelines of lakes and rivers. The resulting bisymmetrically vertical orientation reveals openings, imagery resembling body parts and other-worldly creatures suggesting interconnectivity and fluidity between the macro and micro, the biotic and abiotic, and the human and non-human. Colour relationships – their energetic and vibratory qualities, are a means and an end in much of her work.

View more works from Van Geest here.

Van Geest will be hosting a Working With Stencils workshop for the Doors Open event, May 25, 10 am.

Pearl Van Geest, Diamond Lake, 2024. Oil and cold wax on board. 36″ diameter.

Artist Bio:

Pearl Van Geest (she/her) is a queer artist, writer and arts educator, practicing since graduating from art school (OCAD) in 1996. She also holds a BSc, MFA and BEd. Her work is included in private and public collections, including the Canadian Arts Council’s Art Bank. She was short-listed for the RBC Painting prize in 2003.

Van Geest has led workshops and programs in a number of public art galleries and curatorial agencies. Most recently, she co-curated Creative Dissent at the Art Gallery of Guelph (2023). She was Guelph’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence in 2014, and has participated in a number of residences, retreats and conferences including Banff Centre, Est-Nord-Est and Broken Forests 2022.

Van Geest was the recipient of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Art Writing Prize in 2015. She has written a number of exhibition essays, and reviews for Memento, C-Magazine and Canadian Art magazine.

She is currently sessional faculty in Visual Arts Department at Brock University and a member of the Throbbing Rose Collective currently focused on ideas of queer ecology, and hosting a residency, Queer Up North, in Temagami, Ontario summer 2024. Van Geest is also an active member of the Broken Forest Collective and is currently exhibiting with them in Wild Alchemy and the Global Grove. She is also a member of the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

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