Essays and Interviews

A collection of essays on the paintings and exhibitions of Canadian abstract artist Christian McLeod.

Tony NapoIntermission Magazine, I chose this piece Lake Shore Towers to represent because it quite clearly has all of the components that I found drew me to his work.

Steve RockwellFuture Perfect Exhibition, Christian McLeod’s solo exhibition Future Perfect at Toronto’s Gallery 133 transcribes in oils a state of expectation.

1968 Magazine (interview) – To create something beautiful or powerful or important out of nothing… that inspires me.

Reactor (interview) In conversation with Martin Mills in dotdotdot magazine – There is a tension in the work. I like to make it an effort to figure out the story. But it takes a lot of patience, a long time to capture that sense of a frozen moment, so I expect my audience to take the time too, to look closely.

Artist’s Statement (Valencia Architecture Conference) – There is perhaps something Utopian in my work, but I seek to excavate our recent history to find a way forward, rather than imposing the fetish of the new.

Steve RockwellPARTiCLE COLLiSIONS Exhibition  at The Al Green Gallery. The roots of McLeod’s impulse to paint digs deep into the soil.

Martin MillsThe Elevations Exhibition at La Parete Gallery. Colour itself comes to the fore, along with something I refer to as, for want of better term, “nature,” both unimpeded by a quest for meaning or prophecies of impending catastrophe.

Christian McLeodArtist’s Statement composed on the occasion of 1er Seminario de Arquitectura y Pensamiento, Valencia, Spain.

Martin MillsA Place Called Home.  In his recent paintings, Christian McLeod is engaging directly with the historical changes taking place in his homeland, both the first epoch, wherein wilderness was turned to pasture, and the current epoch, where that which was below the ground is brought to the surface.

John K. GrandeFurther Unmanned Strategies Exhibition  Exhibition, Craig Scott Gallery. McLeod brings a new energy to abstraction, drawing on and mixing a range of sources like the internet, raw environmental and experiential phenomena, digital screen imaging and video for his art.

John K. GrandePassing Over Exhibition Essay Published in Vie des Arts. As a painter, he challenges the codes of contemporary abstraction, leaving touches of figuration. These works reference visual experience and the realities of a mediatized society.

Martin Mills – Essay: Four ideas regarding Further Unmanned Strategies Exhibition. McLeod is obsessed with recording, seeing this as the function of the artist. He is at pains to point out that there is no moral interpretation going on here, merely observation.

Craig ScottAscending Language Exhibition, Painter, Essay by Craig Scott. An uncanny ability to place highlights or zones or textured streaks of colour in a way that both teases the eye, moving it around the canvas, and (often) signals a more representational element in his work…

Gary Michael Dault – Essay on Ascending Language Exhibition  by Gary Michael Dault. He clearly finds delight in the rapturous, convulsive nature of untrammeled paint-handling, losing himself in its irrational joys…

Martin Mills – Landscape as Language, Essay. We see depicted the effects of time and place on our collective mental landscape, drawn down into something resembling a coherent statement, yet never quite within the grasp of language.