Found materials and photography used to create contemporary works
Luke Garrison uses visual media to articulate the experience we all share of the way the supposedly real, everyday world is composed not so much of data and of facts as it is of allusions, desires, half-remembered dreams, and an abiding aesthetic sense of the way it should all fit together. Like memory, Garrison’s work can be playful at one moment, and wistful the next. Like hope, it can lay claim to grand metaphysical heights in one corner of the canvas, and find joy in the small things in life in another. In Garrison’s rendering, the small can stand for the large, the ephemeral can stand for the enduring, and the simple of the complex. His triumph is his ability to weave so many disparate elements together into a single dream-like experience that is at once reassuring and deeply affecting. Subtle gradations of colour; an oblique gaze just out of frame; an unforeseen juxtaposition of foreground and background; the appearance of graphics from the corners of memory—all these layers of the deeply personal seem to form a palimpsest of the universal experience of subjectivity."