This March was a bit of a coming out party for me. For the first time in a decade (since 2010) I was out publicly in Toronto showing my artwork. On March 5th around 8 p.m. I nervously greeted a crowd of people at Elaine Fleck Gallery (1351 Queen Street West, Toronto) and presented “Idol Woody“.
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.
“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)