Description

Jack Bishop explores the notion of landscape through the themes of mass consumption and urban sprawl. His paintings teem with cars, gas stations, traffic lights and illuminated signs schematically reproducing those of big chains like McDonald’s, Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, Costco, Wendy’s and Tim Hortons. They revisit the Canadian landscape tradition in terms not of natural but of commercial space, where ubiquitous retail outlets dictate use of the land and proclaim its occupation. The densely crowded compositions map out a geography of anonymity, a sort of nowhere typical of the outskirts of large North American cities. For source material, the artist uses montages of his own photographs. Winter Business Park combines multiple spaces in an image whose formal density results from the repetition of motifs and the manipulation of perspective. J. B.