The Revolution is Now – Christopher Shoust

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The Revolution is Now – Christopher Shoust
August 5th – September 6th, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday August 6th, 7 – 9 pm
Open Wed to Sat 2-6

This is the 13th solo exhibition and after close to 40 other exhibitions, this new work is the most exhilarating conglomeration of the last two years.

These works are based on the topic of mental illness. Through metaphorical imagery I communicate the desperate needs and issues of people with a mental illness. The imagery speaks of the need for shelter, to be counted, to be veiled. Cursive gestures communicate a language that is incommunicable. Blocks of colour bring a light to the scenario. Placed in a series the works communicate like a conversation about the ups and downs of the days or months or years in a person’s life with the illness. Overall, the works try to bring the viewer into the environment, into the language of a person with the illness and through the language that allows a viewer to see just a glimpse of what is possible for anyone trying to search through their problems; to try to find answers. But the answers are never there and they are not important. It’s the attempt to understand and communicate that is important.

Christopher Shoust Dip. J, BFA (honours) has been working professionally as an artist for the last 12 years. He has exhibited across Canada and is currently represented by four galleries. He chooses to split his time between painting, writing, music, film making and sculpture. He currently has 5 short films out, 4 albums and one novel, now out of print. He has taught professionally through the Canadian mental health association as well as privately. He is currently working on a feature film and his fourth novel. More of Shoust’s work can be viewed at www.chrisshoust.com

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council