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Paul Litherland

Visual Arts

Photographer and multimedia performance artist Paul Litherland incorporates themes of masquerade, vulnerability, and machismo into his visual art projects, which involve creating self-portraits and assuming characters. As The Globe and Mail’s Leah Sandals writes about the video Force of Attraction: “Seeing the artist's skin and cartilage turn to mere putty in the atmosphere's hands is by turns amusing and anxiety-provoking - Cindy Sherman-esque self-portraiture meets extreme-sports risk." His work, Fall Out, was welcomed at the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery in 2009, while Wood vs. Wood played Berlin’s Studio 54 in 2008 and Faking Death at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2006. Litherland was born in Vancouver and received his MFA from Concordia University. His work can be found in private and public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Musée du Québec, and has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, ARTnews, and The New Yorker. (PF)