Brent McIntosh: Nudes and Shelley Adler/Brent McIntosh: The Nude Polaroid’s

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brantford is displaying the two-part exhibition of Brent McIntosh and Shelley Adler, which is opened to the pubic from August 30th to October 25th 2014. Brent McIntosh’s “Nudes” and Shelley Adler/Brent McIntosh “The Nude Polaroid’s” respect that the materials may push boundaries since it is believed this is the first time the public gallery has exhibited nudes.[1] Nevertheless the exhibit presents a pleasing representation of the art and beauty of the human body.

Firstly, Brent McIntosh normally a landscape painter from Thronbury, Ontario preferred to display his additional interest, drawing.[2] He selected twenty-five, 11-inch square compositions on paper for the exhibition entitled ‘Nudes”, which are spread amongst the gallery.[3] His drawings are produced primarily in watercolour, pencil, charcoal and ink however are constructed using various techniques and diverse approaches. McIntosh’s twenty-five drawings employ an impressionistic technique, upon a close examination the viewer only recognizes the unique dabs of colour, yet from a distance of a few feet or more the light and shade come into view. It is obvious in his work that he has a profound interest in the interaction of colour and how it cooperates with the image. The “Nudes” demonstrate a rhythm between representation and abstraction due to McIntosh’s ability to create balance and stimulate our own visualization to see forms.

Continuing across the gallery Brent McIntosh’s practices are transferred to a collaborated Polaroid project with Shelly Adler entitled “The Nude Polaroid’s”. The purpose of “The Nude Polaroid’s” development was to document the human body, in which the two explored the different way men and women view nude bodies.[4] Adler photographed the male form while McIntosh photographed the female form to explore the significance of their overall intentions.[5] The two also explored how modern technologies have multiplied images of the bare form, however reverted the importance of maintaining a historical tradition by accepting the nude figure as an art from.[6] The Polaroid’s were scanned and enlarged in an assortment of sizes and develops an almost-painting-like attribute and warmth. The photos and forms become flat shapes with non-representational colour; they are not just familiar pictures but paintings. Eventually, perception shifts away from identifying the image to the enjoying the complex qualities of the work. Adler and McIntosh create a unique combination of skilled craftsmanship, painterly intelligence and empathy towards the Polaroid’s.

Brent McIntosh “Nudes” and Shelley Adler/Brent McIntosh “The Nude Polaroid’s” create a unique exhibition of the human form by balancing image and conveying a historical art form in a contemporary approach.

[1] Shypula, Brian . “Glenhyrst bares it in new exhibition.” Brant News, September 05, 2014. (accessed October 2, 2014).

[2] McIntosh, Brent. Brent McIntosh, “Art Works.” Accessed October 1, 2014.

[3] Unknown, . Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, “Current Exhibition.” Last modified August 30, 2014. Accessed September 28, 2014.

[4] Shypula, Brian . “Glenhyrst bares it in new exhibition.” Brant News ,

[5] Unknown, . Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, “Current Exhibition”

[6] Ibid


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