Montreal-based photographer Paul Litherland offers unprecedented access to the little-seen “back sides” of paintings from the Agnes’s historical European collection in B-Side Agnes Etherington. Printed to scale, his photographs are mounted on commercial painting stretchers, which lend them the aura of original canvases while offering privileged views of labels, installation hardware and preservation devices. Enlightening viewers about the physical histories of Old Master paintings, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate notions of the simulacrum and the trompe-l’oeil tradition.
Litherland’s artmaking practice deals mostly with photography and video, and his work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at numerous venues across Canada and abroad. Agnes is proud to present Litherland’s work to the Kingston community for the first time.