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Urban Forms

 

     This body of work investigates the construction of identity through an urban lens. To question how the idea of individuality finds its place between community and anonymity. A duality that embodies the balance that is ever present within the individual. A person, much like a city, is an organic body that relies on the structure of patterns, routines and habits in order to reliably function, yet without its counterpart of spontaneity and chaos, it cannot evolve. Lara Dion applies this intricate balance to the visualization of the forms, shapes and colors found throughout urban centres. For example, the sturdy architecture of the city, from sky rise buildings to busy neighbourhoods, provides a collage of organized geometric forms ranging in tones of neutrality and texture. Whereas the city’s abundance of vibrant and dynamic graphics actively contrasts with its foundation. These forms gathered through time, such as graffiti, act as social footprints. The repetition and consistency in the development of these forms create a timeless presence within the city. Many associations are driven by visual imagery and symbolism. A language of signs allowing individuals to communicate without words. In exploiting such visual literacy, Dion develops a language ranging from the representational to the non-representational, all through a series of associations. The manner in which Dion manipulates these forms and ideas relies strongly on acts of intuition and play. A duality between the intentional and the instinctual, allowing the respective characteristics of materials to contrast with one another. Dion’s paintings are not limited to paints only, but rather, encourage the unpredictability of merging dry mediums, photography, collage techniques and stencils.

Timeless, 2021

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King of the World, 2021

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Checkmate, 2021

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Like Day and Night 1/2, 2021

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Like Day and Night 2/2, 2021

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Tamed, 2021

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Locations, 2021

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