Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
JIM GISLASON   

Jim Gislason
Kings and Queens
- To April 24, 2010


Jim Gislason - Shadow Throne
Shadow Throne
48 x 38 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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The Heart

The hand is a resigned thing,
a coward and blind thing.
Like glances in passing,
it's epitaph always release.

The mind is a flawed thing,
a dry, undivine thing.
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"Kings and Queens" is a series of paintings navigating the relationship between analytical and poetic modes of thought. This body of work stems from the study and practice of poetry and its kinship with painting, presenting images both visual and written, combined within a single form.

The potency of metaphor and poetry is affirmed through a technique of 'jamming' the traditional screenprinting method, preventing it from its normal function of reproducing many copies of a single image, and insisting on only a single version. The printing technique is effectively frozen mid-process, the screen itself becoming the venue for the final and single image, as opposed to its usual state, where it operates as a source of multiple images to be widely distributed. This combination of painting and silkscreen results in extremely textural work with a quality of high relief, as well as traditional painterly marks.

Kings and Queens" presents the attempt to reconcile opposing principles in our interpretations of the world as its subject. Male and female figures are intermingled to represent not only the gulf between the philosophical/poetic, but also masculine/feminine, mankind/nature, and religious/secular principles as well. In "Shadow Throne" Eurydice waits in exile, in "Of Kingdoms" Michelangelo's David, reduced to a logo, stands separated by a river from another logo, the great feline panther lifted directly from film rating systems, indicative of 'restricted'. In "Longship", an unlocated "she" presiding over the attendant poem, is translated visually as the shadow image of a Viking sail, while "The Refusal of Charon" shows the ferryman of the River of Woe, Acheron, denying Orpheus forever his reunion with Eurydice.




Jim Gislason - Eurydice Waiting
Eurydice Waiting
23.5 x 17.5 Inches  
oil on mesh mounted to board
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They Made Me Whisper

They made me whisper.
Hush.
Hush they told me, hush young man.
“ Love is not astounding, it’s done when one has time.
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Jim Gislason - Diva II
Diva II
22 x 28.5 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Diva

There is no view today.
The view has declined.
  Now, now, now,
  we still have a fine collection of mystiques,
    and a hat.
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Jim Gislason - Longship II
Longship II
41 x 41 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,500 



Jim Gislason - Medallion
Medallion
22 x 26 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525 



Jim Gislason - Reveille
Reveille
38 x 38 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,000 

What is Old in Us      

Go to it now, you forgetful thing,  
leave behind the foggy wood.  
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Jim Gislason - The Refusal of Charon
The Refusal of Charon
26 x 21 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Jim Gislason - Burn
Burn
42 x 42 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$5,500 



Jim Gislason - Don Quixote
Don Quixote
22.5 x 22.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper
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Trickster’s Inc.

i can walk backwards and never trip
where the cement cracks and parts
  (only ants brave that journey)

they carry their dead on their backs
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Jim Gislason - Longship
Longship
44 x 58 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$7,400 

An Obligation

She is present, and moves among us.
  In guileless fathoms.
Belatedly, serene, and indifferent as the ocean floor
  receiving a drowned man’s coin.

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Jim Gislason - The Measuring Flesh (Eurydice Baroque)
The Measuring Flesh (Eurydice Baroque)
30.5 x 22.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper
$2,900 

The Measuring Flesh

All the animals are moving
in their fine manicured steps;
“A million years ago,
the flesh was stripped from me”.
They survey the lie of the river’s surface
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Jim Gislason - Of Kingdoms
Of Kingdoms
48 x 62 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$8,000 

Pandemonium  

We buried our kings beneath the snow,
walked softly
and prayed for lasting winter.
The fir trees stood green their long long time.
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Jim Gislason - Prophet's Hill
Prophet's Hill
22.5 x 30.5 Inches  
mixed media on paper
$2,700 

Tar

The sudden presence of a workman
explains the smell of tar, which,
  to that point had not been called ‘tar’.

Pavlov’s dog couldn’t access names,
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Jim Gislason - Gaze
Gaze
25.5 x 21.75 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525 



Jim Gislason - Jack
Jack
25 x 21 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$2,525 



Jim Gislason - The Sage
The Sage
26 x 22 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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Jim Gislason - Aubade
Aubade
52 x 60 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
$8,400 


The Authorities


When we were kids we’d sit in graveyards
  drinking rye and laughing,
  trying not to wake the neighbors.
If we did they’d make the call,
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Jim Gislason - Orpheus Baroque
Orpheus Baroque
26 x 21 Inches  
oil on mesh pinned to canvas
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