Circa, Dublin, No. 103, Spring 2003, p. 103.
Victor Sloan: A Broken Surface
A Broken Surface, an exhibition of the work of Victor Sloan was recently on view at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The title reflects both technique and theme. A fusion of photography and painting creates the impact. Layered and textured images (no computer graphics here) are overpainted: silver gelatin prints, toners, dyes, inks, bleach, gouache. Subtle tonal effects contrast with urgent, vital almost aggressive energies of expressionism.
From hundreds of photographs taken, the selection process becomes critical. Sloan's portraits emerge, visually arresting, historically significant - searing statements on his inherited world - sinister images of surveillance, frustration, decay, and menace, which seep insidiously through A Broken Surface to the heart of humanity.
CIRCA Art Magazine
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