William Fisk's Portraits of Vintage Technologies


Thu, Feb 13th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Toronto-based Canadian painter William Fisk has this wonderfully photo-realistic gallery of vintage objects, featuring 35mm cameras, tube TVs, a microscope and other everyday items. While the objects are beautiful for their lines and designs from yesteryear, the most astonishing part is William's ability to make the chromed parts look so realistic. At first glance, you wouldn't think these were oil paintings.

William Fisk, who is represented in Canada by the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, kindly granted permission for the above image to appear here.

As opposed to antiquities, which usually carry a strict provenance, the objects depicted in the Portrait Series were purchased second hand, without any tangible reference to the previous owner. They are specific utilitarian objects -- 35mm cameras, light bulbs, shoes, pay phones, trophies, furniture, and clothing -- that have experienced undeterminable yet indisputable human contact. Commonplace and seemingly bereft of any historical significance, these artifacts are none the less theoretically connected with the untold, recondite stories of the people with whom they have interacted. Altering the context with which these objects are ordinarily associated, that of benign servitude, and depicting them in a traditional medium, my intent is to elevate them to a status that challenges us to define its significance to us or to other autonomous individuals.



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