Our Industrial Landscape II: A Reinterpretation
I am taking another crack at our industrial landscape.
I have been trying to move away from being too precious over the details of this landscape or too tight (that may not be the right word, but I hope it makes sense) with my gestures and composition. The studio equivalent of a deep breath and starting again. This winter, I've been thinking a lot about what it is I'm trying to say about our urban/industrial surroundings - what is the crucial information and what is irrelevant, at what point do I tip too far into representation without evoking the real feeling of the landscape.
Artist soul-searching type stuff.
Hence a new exploratory series called Our Industrial Landscape II. I'm trying to evoke the fluidity of this landscape (in this case for these early pieces, Courtenay Bay), reminding myself that very few elements here remain fixed - the ships, tankers, train cars, the sky, the water, all move in and out of our view. I'm trying to render in paint the idea of a fluid memory, a glimpse or peripheral snatch of a landscape.
I've made a few adjustments for this new work. I am working on panel (I have been using canvas for a number of years), lots of thick paint and cold wax medium.
Caleb and I have a few of the initial pieces up at the gallery. Lots more to come in this exploration.