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Looking from one side I think that is all there is to see.
But life itself keeps turning,
rising and falling with the tides.
Through time I may receive the possibility of seeing from the other side,
a picture of the world,
more expansive and complex than anything I could have imagined.
Somewhere in between
OnE ForTy FiVe...
a time (in the afternoon or morning)
an address (without the street name)
the number of buttons in a jar
the number of centimeters of a shorter than average person
the cost of a skill saw on sale at Canadian Tire
the size of a large herd of cows
five pennies short of three rolls
when the train departs
the page in the book facing 144
(and the number just below the very nice shoe).
In this image I recognize the object to be a chair.
I know that it is sitting on a floor.
The wall behind tells me that I can not walk forward
but must exit the space to the left or the right.
The shadows also tell me something of the space surrounding,
of its shape and where the light is coming from.
And it can be said that the chair recognizes me.
It has been carefully crafted for a person, such as myself, to sit upon.
In this way I am welcomed to the space.
We are working on the exhibit 'Learning to Float'.
This is not necessarily referring to swimming or flying
but more as a way of being.
To do the work I am asked to be honest about my own experience.
I realized at this time floating seems impossible
but what if I have something to support me.
This piece is my way of teaching myself how to float.
We decided that what we want most today is to be able to focus on a single project and to see it proceed towards completion.
This photo is a perfect example of unfocused. It is also very beautiful and evocative because of its blurred edges and sense of movement. It is fun to see in many different ways, and to approach our projects from many different angles. That is creativity.
Today we are reassembling frames and stretching canvas over them making beautiful forms to paint on. The process requires attention, evenness of strength and exactness. Making them our selves feels very different from buying them ready made. There is a sense of satisfaction in the form itself.
We have not even considered the paintings which may appear on them.
It is very different experience making installations with forms and then trying to paint or draw them.
I would say that the act of painting is one of seeing and it allows us to discover something new.
It is a way of engaging with the forms in the intimate and also limited, space of the canvas.
Something of a conundrum.
We can easily make the close up, such as this screen disappear, just by focusing on what is distant. It is fun to experiment with all the different ways we can look at our surroundings and to notice the habitual ways we have of seeing. I have noticed that whenever I change my perspective new possibilities open up that I could not have imagined before.
In the process of 'f i n d i n g f o r m', the exhibit now in the Genesis Gallery on the main floor, we introduced 'the egg' as a form which perfectly contains potential. This form has become the central theme in the Collage Gallery which we began hanging today. This exhibit is entitled 'e g g x a g e r a t e d p o t e n t i a l'
and these are two of the new pieces.
This house began as a collage (shown in our August 29 blog) Sae began building it as a three dimensional form on the same day that I was introduced to the painting (shown in detail below), by Allen Egan. His painting is further inspiring its evolution.
We welcome a new artist into the fold,
Allen Egan is the artist of these two new acquisitions,
which seem already to be part of the conversation begun here in August.
Allen was showing his very inspired work at the Cabbagetown Festival this past weekend. We are hoping for further collaboration.
You can visit his web site eganacci.wixsite.com/allen-egan-paintings
I have built my house
out of pieces of my life
old and new.
The pieces fit together
sometimes in strange ways
leaning a little to the left
or to the right.
Behind the walls and windows
lives a theatre of characters,
performing a dramatic balancing act.
We are in love.
Watching this being move and surface, swim close and look unblinkingly at us inspires a long slow outbreath. I guess we just can't help but tune ourselves to its rhythm,
unhurried, steady and perfectly content in the world that s/he is immersed in.