The classic portrait is, in many minds, at the core of what art really boils down to – a critical expression of humanity. What better place to start looking than our own faces? Of course, while the face can tell a complicated story, the narrative is helped along by the medium, and the artist that creates the portrait we see.

Marnie White, Josh, 2015, charcoal on paper
Marnie White, Josh, 2015, charcoal on paper

For fans of the portrait, the current exhibition at the Latcham Gallery, FaceTime: Contemporary Portraiture, is a must-see. Featuring eight artists and art collective works that were selected from a pool of 100 submissions received in an open call for portraiture, the works assembled feature two and three dimensional works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and digital media.

The works, meant to reflect the diversity of Ontario communities, will be on display until July 2 at the gallery and aim to provide a compelling look into the artists themselves, showcasing their own style and medium and methods to express the character of their subject.

In some cases, as with artists Marnie White, exhibits include allowing the subject to stage themselves instead of forcing them into a predetermined pose. Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky provide a video portrait of Queen Elizabeth II made from stills collected from her portraits on British coins, while Andrew Ackerman’s sculpture emits sound to round out the understanding of the work. All artists, regardless of style were selected for “breath(ing) new and electric energy into the genre.”

The gallery is located at 6240 Main Street.

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