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Neon-Streaked Pictures Blurs Boundaries Between Painting and Digital Art

Lauren Pelc-McArthur makes paintings for our overstimulated information age.

Starting this week, Canadian artist Lauren Pelc-McArthur takes over the Toronto-based Project Gallery with Blanking Field, her very first solo show. This new series of works highlights Pelc-McArthur’s multidisciplinary approaches and demonstrates her strong interest in fusing traditional painting and digital matter to explore the stream of data and information that we're constantly deluged with. “I was thinking about sensory overload while making this series,” Pelc-McArthur tells The Creators Project. “When we are engaging with technology we are bombarded with all kinds of information in snippets; ads, listicles, Upworthy headlines. I fluctuate between various styles of painting and disjointed brush strokes to instill a presence of information in disarray,” she says.

Pelc-Mcarthur blurs the line between tangible and intangible, but she also investigates virtual and physical boundaries by manipulating many media—ranging from paintings and web-based projects to videos and even sculptures—to generate her eye-catching, bold-colored hybrid-paintings.

Thus, she deconstructs classic imagery, revisiting important concepts of composition to give life to stunning abstract and dynamic neon shapes and patterns created by well-oiled back-and-forths from digital to traditional mediums. “I have worked in both mediums simultaneously for a few years. The paintings are informed by the work I make on computers and in turn, my paintings are used as materials and textures in my digital work," she says. “Often I am interested in what happens to a visual medium once it translates into another."

“Along with a few other shows in Canada and the U.S, I’m starting to work on a new video piece for the Chromatic Festival in Montreal,” she says.

Blanking Field will be on view until March 13th. Click here to learn more about Lauren Pelc McArthur's work. 

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