PRESS RELEASE: Todd Lawson Solo Exhibit at Elaine Fleck Gallery, June 2020, Toronto
Landscapes with a twist. This June 2020, Contemporary Surrealist Artist Todd Lawson will be doing his first solo show since 2005 at Elaine Fleck Gallery located at 1351 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 416-469-8005
Collect and obsess over what you want. Admit and celebrate being addicted to whatever you need to find those moments of escape. Build your false idols with pride not shame.
A brand new collection of works about the obsessions we compulsively collect and obsess over or in our our current lives and the memories of things we followed as children as panted into fantastic into idols and monuments as POSITIVE VICES.
These obsessions are brought to life and exaggerated to become giant structures and entire environments actively being constructed and explored…even worshiped by tiny characters who represents the conscience of an individuals as well as the masses of the population who worship each subject in modern pop culture. Like current the towering Statue of Unity in India, the Statue of Liberty in New York City, Mount Rushmore and towering modern marvels we cling to in awe today as well as the ancient structures like the pyramids – we humans are driven to create idols.
As children we stared at the clouds and our environment and saw our imaginations come to life. When storms came we envisioned the dark events that rippled and lit up the sky and scared us with lightening, filling us with dread. We watched the sun rise and paint the world in deep, lush colour and the sun set deepening the world to dark reds. We were in awe and content and inspired by the world we inhabited.
As we grew into adults we lost our interest in seeing beyond ourselves and took what was presented at face value. We began to forget or care about the world and its other inhabitants as our greed for the materialistic and self worth dominated our growth. We embraced industry and smog in exchange for open fields and bright skies. We lusted over capital and our own image over the simplicity and beauty of nature and who we were as humans. We drowned and blinded ourselves with small screens, large screens, ear phones, entertainment, vice and all forms of technology to feel more connected and fulfilled while ignoring those around us and their ability to give us a deeper connection being alive. Now we ignore that wonder we saw as children and are obsessed only with how others perceive us.
This collections hopes to explore this sad loss of wonder with visions of imagination, dreams, life, death and nightmares juxtaposed against common sky-scapes (‘Above’) and landscapes (‘Below’) we see every day. And hopefully in doing so bring us a little closer to the world we ignore or destroy by unlocking that forgotten wonder.
As Above, So Below is a collection which unites many of my personal fascinations as a visual artist for the living, the dead and staged landscapes in a surrealist fashion. It also lets me express my love for animals and the natural world and my disappointment with humanity as I try to raise two daughters in it who are already becoming lost in technology and our modern fast paced lives.
“Theme Parks & Landmarks” Collection (Formerly “The World Rediscovered Collection”) is a collection of paintings by Artist Todd Lawson. The series is a collection of visual scapes of theme parks (like Walk Disney World) and known landmarks and locations we as a culture vacation in to create memories. These places are reimagined in the distant future where they are rediscovered by a new community of beings. The works are both a narrative story and a metaphor of the staying power of the places we visit. A positive statement of the staying power these places hold in our lives and the memories we create.
The series allows me to bring my love for science fiction, pulp art and fantasy. Mixing realism and the surreal.
PRESS: Though the work is still in progress it has recently been published and featured in 1340 International Art Magazine ( Q4 2019 Issue)
Featuring the Art of Dan May, RiK Catlow and Todd Lawson Foundation One Gallery, Atlanta(Decatur), Georgia Opening November 10th, 2007
Featuring my largest paintings to date and even a pair of landscapes to mix things up, Midnight Garden is an emotionally darker and more personal body of work for me then recent projects. Attacking topics such as sexuality, communication (or lack there of), loneliness, memories, dreams and paranoia, this collection is more about myself and those close and far from me and my own demons and memories. Whether work will continue in the vein or not is still unknown to me.
Paranoid by submission The Staircase Cafe (cafe closing show) Hamilton, Ontario June 2005
As a call back to the cold war and world war era visual and written propaganda, today’s general public now finds itself in a state of heightened paranoia for all things government and business related as they are hammered daily by media outlets. Think, don’t speak; watch, don’t blink…society’s laziness and shallow view of life has forced us into a state of quiet, paranoid submission. We know we are lied to, we know we are herded like cattle; we see the slow disintegration of ourselves and everything we know, yet other than the odd protest or verbal outburst, we decide to sit back and watch.
El Dia De Los Muertos Art Show Community Centre for Media Arts Hamilton, Ontario October 30th 2004 Group Show/Artist-Curator
The merging of two cultures and two celebrations, The Mexican holiday The Day of Dead and a little bit of Halloween, from the North American perspective, El Dia De Los Muertos Art Show with Three Steps Left of Normal and friends will bring togther unique artistic talents from the commercial, gallery and underground art worlds from all over North America. The walls will be filled with artwork specifically commissioned for the show and the environment filled with food, drink and music.