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Seasons in the Abyss

20 Oct – 21 Nov 2007

I keep the bible in a pool of blood so that none of its lies can affect me-Kerry King, New Faith

 This solo exhibition features video, drawings, and paintings by Toronto-based artist David Poolman. Seasons in the Abyss investigates teenage rebellion and violence, the influence of music on youth, and ideological dissent through the music, iconography, fashion, and actions of Death Metal musicians and their fans. Using online resources - fan’s zines, blogs, and personal diaries of Death Metal fans – Poolman’s work presents a community united through an embrace of the crude, ugly, and antisocial: a community of the disenchanted, international in scope, that manages to evoke complex reactions in the mainstream ranging from ridicule to fear, awe to disgust.

 David Poolman was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario. He is an MFA graduate from the University of Windsor, and a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Working in video, print media, and installation, Poolman has exhibited in art galleries and screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Poolman lives in Toronto and works as a sessional instructor at the University of Western Ontario and Sheridan College.