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Robert Youds   Forse Chi Se, Forse Chi No (Maybe Yes, Maybe No)



October 22, 1994 - November 23, 1994

Organized and circulated by the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver

Robert Youds, a Victoria-based abstract painter, explores a number of painterly, formalist and illusionistic effects, producing paintings in series. This exhibition presented two or three works out of each series from 1985 to the present and examined the development of his ideas and the changes the paintings have undergone over the years. Youds' stylistic shifts measure his desire to constantly traverse and re-traverse the visual path. Throughout his work he has continued to explore two aspects: that of the viewer's perception and experience of the painting, and the modes of constructing the paintings. His work calls attention to categories of production and perception as content. Devoid of both the rhetorical grandness of the 1950's and the ironic posturing of the "Neo-Geo" movement in the mid 1980's, Youd's modest paintings are a meditation on modernism for a contemporary audience, and serve to rearrange our understanding of abstraction.
 

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