John Burgess and Les Ramsay at Field Contemporary

Reatreat of the Horstman John Burgess

Artists: John Burgess and Les Ramsay

Exhibition title: Retreat of the Horstman

Venue: Field Contemporary, Vancouver, Canada

Date: May 20 – June 25, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and  Field Contemporary

The domestic day to day, the creep of noon over the table cloth. Short slacked heroes pose as ghosts with no more moves to make. The bastion of bishops and knights defeatedly guard the remaining company.

Halls fill with air from pastoral pictures. A canopy of trees is a reminder of the passing years.

Objects relay time has set in.

Retreat of the Horstman explores the legacies and measurements held in the understanding of time as it refers to history, perception, and geological measurement. Burgess’ tableaus present scenes of neoclassical renditions of still lives and architectural interiors in situations of unease and uncertainty. His series ‘Time is Up’ is a reminder that there is an imminent event unfolding around us. Hour glasses hovering around central objects are painted with diminishing grains of sand at different increments implying an unknown ending. Ramsay’s (de)constructivist paintings made from new and used material are nostalgic tapestries. Important events and characters are displayed fragmented from their original designs implying a fracture in their history. New timelines are created as multiple images merge with one another.

John Burgess is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver BC. Burgess graduated from Emily Carr University in 2008. He has exhibited in Australia, the United States, Germany, and Canada. Burgess’ paintings and sculptures reference familiar architectural space and time as it corresponds to a lifecycle.

Les Ramsay creates his works by recycling the excess of everyday domestic objects and uses both constructive and deconstructive collage methodologies to develop formal compositions. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. He’s studied visual arts at the Emily Carr University, at the Universitat de Politecnica in Valencia and has most recently completed his MFA in the Painting & Drawing department at Concordia University. He’s currently represented by Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, and in the United States.

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Dioskilos Les Ramsay 2

Les Ramsay, Dioskilos, 2016

Dioskilos Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Dioskilos, 2016

Feel the Breeze, Nice Light Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Feel The Breeze, Nice Light, 2015

I've Been Having These Flashbacks Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, I’ve Been Having These Flashbacks, 2014

Turmoil Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Turmoil, 2015

Two Swimmers, Murky Reflection Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Two Swimmers, Murky Reflection, 2015

Melt Water Tears Les Ramsay 2

Les Ramsay, Meltwater Tears

Melt Water Tears Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Meltwater Tears

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John Burgess, Retreat of the Horstman, 2016

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John Burgess, Retreat of the Horstman, 2016

So Exotic, So Alone Les Ramsay 2

Les Ramsay, So Exotic, So Alone, 2016

So Exotic, So Alone Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, So Exotic, So Alone, 2016

Swimmers Les Ramsay

Les Ramsay, Swimmers, 2014

The Scribe John Burgess 2

John Burgess, The Scribe, 2016

The Scribe John Burgess

John Burgess, The Scribe, 2016

Tiime is Up John Burgess

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John Burgess, Time is Up, (no.1), 2016

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John Burgess, Time is Up, (no.2), 2016

Time is Up no.3 John Burgess

John Burgess, Time is Up, (no.3), 2016

Time is Up no.4 John Burgess

John Burgess, Time is Up, (no.4), 2016

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