The Assembly presents Andy DeCola's solo exhibition Where Is My Mind?The show brings together two bodies of work that originate from DeCola’s intrigue of how we consume images and how they shape our thoughts, feelings and associations to create the mood of our times.
As described by David Jager of Toronto’s NOW Magazine, “Is it pop? Is it Abstract? Is he quoting Jeff Koons, Neo Rauch or Sigmar Polke? It’s all these things and none of them. While mining the visual grammar of painting over the last 30 years, DeCola forges his own vocabulary.”
DeCola's paintings use a mix of images from old and new family photos, and appropriated images from magazines and social media. The relationship between these two sources is integral in his work and what drives DeCola as a painter. The paintings play with bright clean colours and have a pop sensibility, while being personal. Pop Art is associated with being cold, bright, clean, and favouring the overall design over meaning. However, to DeCola, with his choice of personal and found images along with titles from songs and movie quotes, they are embedded with his own associations.
Social media portrays moments and photos where everything appears amazing and perfect. This aspect of our current contemporary climate is crucial to DeCola’s subject matter, as there is more than meets the eye in both DeCola’s paintings and the images on social media. This show also features DeCola’s new series of photo collage transfers on paper, which take on a fun yet traditional approach. DeCola graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto in 2002 and prior to that attended the Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario. He is represented by Mark Christopher Gallery in Toronto and is an originating member of The Assembly Gallery. He has works available through The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Framesite Art and Project Outpost in Burlington, ON. DeCola has exhibited across Canada and in New York City. In 2012, his show The Boys from Nowhere at Neubacher Shor Contemporary was featured in NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Art Shows of the year in Toronto, and the following year received further accolades for his show As The World Turns.
He currently resides in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and two young boys.
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