Fairview Manor Lobby
75 Spring St.
February 13 – April 14
Vernissage: Thursday, March 5, 7-9pm
When preparing for this show, I took on three challenges. The first was to create work that would be ‘local’ in theme. The second was to explore a different medium. The third was to ‘do a 180’ – diverge from the abstract mode I have been exploring these past few years and return to representation. Why take on these kinds of challenges? It’s a bit like taking a cold shower: I wake up, practise new skills, and challenge myself to new ways of seeing.
The river that runs through Almonte belongs to all of us, and to none of us. It is precious and powerful. Of late, the future of Almonte’s Mississippi has been the focus of much emotion, discussion, and controversy. Though it has been difficult, it has forced the members of this community to wake up and ask ourselves what the river means to us, and what we want it to ‘look like’ in the future. Important questions. It is essential that the solution benefit the residents of Almonte for years to come.
Since moving to Almonte in 2002, I have walked around and across this river, and have paddled its waters more times than I can possibly count. But with the intention of capturing it in images, I did even more of this. This time I became more conscious of the way our river intersects with its banks, the bridges, automobiles, humans, the sky, and the architecture. If you have never stood on the railway bridge to take a ‘360 degree’ turn – it’s a must. In fact, the most impressive thing to me is that the four bridges crossing the Mississippi allow us to view the town from many different levels and angles. One can see the front of buildings from one direction, and the backs and sides of buildings from another. All kinds of materials come together along its banks; stone, metal, cement, wood, organic material, snow and ice. With the changing light and seasons, there is never a dull moment. Because of limited time, I was not able to include as many views as I would have liked, so there are more to come in this series.
It is essential that the riverfront we know and love will only change in ways that benefit the downtown businesses and residents, the greater community, and the surrounding natural environment.
Prints are for sale.
The paintings were done on an iPad with a conductive brush and my fingertips. The images were printed at Tony Mihok’s in the Heritage Mall on Mill St., Almonte.
Printed by an Epson 9900 archival eleven-coloured (pigment) printer, lightfast for 200+ years.
Printed on archival, acid free 100% cotton fine art paper.
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