Green Hills Discovery – Alex McLeod
August 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Green Hills Discovery
Toronto-based digital artist Alex McLeod uses 3D software to create hyper-real images mixing dense woodland and over-built structures into blended new landscapes. The still and animated scenes he creates are both familiar and fantastical, challenging perceptions of what is real versus imagined.
In Green Hills Discovery, McLeod melds time as well as space to create a place between two worlds. Skyscrapers are planted into the earth as closely as the stylized spruce trees that tower beside them. Is this a future city or a form from the past; a proposition for future city dwelling or a warning call if urban impulses are left unchecked?
McLeod’s process is structured as a collaboration with his tools. Elements are constructed then placed, scaled, rotated, and coloured based on algorithms. McLeod determines the parameters but the final image is a simulation – the result of endless possibilities for recombination. In Green Hills Discovery the multiplicity of visual outcomes is further compounded. The images, mounted to The Bentway’s soaring pivoting panels, work individually and together in various combinations to create a changing array of landscape patterns and possibilities.
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Alex McLeod is an artist concerned with simulation and the transition of matter. His practice is primarily new media based; 3D, interactive and rapid prototyping are essential to his methodology. Large-scale prints and videos have been exhibited and collected from New York to Tokyo, including more recently “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art” at the Whitney Museum. Experienced in the development of integrated art, his interior mural at the Drake Commissary (2017) has received international acclaim from the world of fine art, architecture, and interior design. McLeod’s 11th solo show “HISTORY OF THE WORLD” was presented in Montreal in 2017. He is represented by Division Gallery Toronto|Montreal.