Geoff McFetridge at COOPER COLE

Artist: Geoff McFetridge

Venue: COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada

Date: June 13 – July 19, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto

COOPER COLE is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Geoff McFetridge. This marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, his first in Toronto since 2012.

In the paintings on show, Geoff McFetridge waxes poetic on the human condition. Figures are arranged against flat tonal surfaces, often forming simple shapes in their solidarity. They lean on one another or melt, become one; they leap through space using heads as stepping-stones. The way McFetridge has choreographed bodies makes apt metaphor for social mechanism, whereby the final form (of a new image or world) is achieved through collective action and support. In paintings otherwise, the motif of a string is present, looping through geometric forms and bodily fragments, an ode to the interconnectedness of things. In a moment, coloured line embodies thought: graspable between the narrow in-betweens of fingers, or differently transferrable among communing individuals. For this, McFetridge continues his ongoing conceptual investigation of painting at the nexus of drawing and design.

Geoff McFetridge (b. 1971, Calgary, Canada) received his Bachelor of Art from The Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada, and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, USA. He has exhibited internationally at The Art Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver; Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; Joshua Liner Gallery, Half Gallery, The Hole, Cooper Hewitt, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Museum of Contemporary Art, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena; County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA; Parco Gallery X, PlayMountain, AD21, Tokyo, Japan; Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, Australia; Ivory & Black, London, United Kingdom; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Mu, Eindhoven, Netherlands; The Spitroom, Berlin, Germany; Volta, Basel, Switzerland. He is the winner of the 2016 Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award. In 2019, he was awarded The Medal of AIGA. McFetridge currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

Geoff McFetridge, A Positive Future Built of Incremental Change, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 85.3 x 73.6 x 2.3 in (216.5 x 187 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, A Positive Future Built of Incremental Change, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 85.3 x 73.6 x 2.3 in (216.5 x 187 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, Entering Infinity, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 34.5 x 34.5 x 2.3 in (87.6 x 87.6 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, From a Dream: Experiencing a Hexigon, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 51.4 x 41.4 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, From a Dream: Experiencing a Hexigon, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 51.4 x 41.4 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Infinity Is At hand, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 28.5 x 34.5 x 2.3 in (72.4 x 87.6 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Infinity Is At hand, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 28.5 x 34.5 x 2.3 in (72.4 x 87.6 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, A Poem Unrelated to Words, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 51.4 x 41.4 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, A Poem Unrelated to Words, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 51.4 x 41.4 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, A Picture Unrelated to Words, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 34.5 x 28.4 x 2.3 in (87.6 x 72.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, A Picture Unrelated to Words, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 34.5 x 28.4 x 2.3 in (87.6 x 72.1 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Us Experiencing a Square, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 49.5 x 40.5 x 2.3 in (125.7 x 102.9 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Us Experiencing a Square, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 49.5 x 40.5 x 2.3 in (125.7 x 102.9 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, A Logo For Parenting, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 41.4 x 51.4 x 2.3 in (105.1 x 130.5 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

Geoff McFetridge, Us as Kerning Not the Font, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 34.5 x 28.5 x 2.3 in (87.6 x 72.4 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, An Escalator for Understanding, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 36.4 x 38.4 x 2.3 in (92.4 x 97.5 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, An Escalator for Understanding, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 36.4 x 38.4 x 2.3 in (92.4 x 97.5 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Us Experiencing Geometry, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 51.3 x 40.5 x 2.3 in (130.2 x 102.9 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Us Experiencing Geometry, 2019, Acrylic on raw canvas, 51.3 x 40.5 x 2.3 in (130.2 x 102.9 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Another Kind of Agreeing, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 51.4 x 41.5 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.4 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, Another Kind of Agreeing, 2019, Acrylic on gesso canvas, 51.4 x 41.5 x 2.3 in (130.5 x 105.4 x 5.7 cm)

Geoff McFetridge, 2019, exhibition view, COOPER COLE, Toronto

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