Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Melvin Charney, John Hartman, Howard Lonn, John Scott
July 14–August 6, 2005

The works of Charney, Hartman, Lonn and Scott share a kinetic sense of animated gestures and dynamics of space. They are energetic explorations of towering architecture, small towns dwarfed by the vast Canadian landscape and the iconography of strip malls and pop culture, all rendered in vivacious colour with bold displays of mark-making. Teeming with historic and cultural references and a degree of visual commotion, these four artists depict urban environments as symbolic landscapes- and places where the imagination takes hold and shakes off static perception.

Melvin Charney’s large-scale sculpture, installations, drawings and photographs have been exhibited at and collected by international museums including Documenta 7, Kassel; P.S.1, New York; Centre George Pompidou, Paris. Charney represented Canada at the 42nd Venice Biennale and lives in Montreal. John Hartman was born and lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario and his work, held in numerous corporate and public collections, is exhibited in museums across Canada including the national touring solo exhibition “Big North: The Painting of John Hartman”. The works of Toronto artist Howard Lonn were part of TRANSlinear, a traveling group show surveying twelve Canadian painters, in 2002. John Scott lives in Toronto and won the Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts in 2002. His work is included in the exhibition Just My Imagination opening July 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.