G A L L E R Y
A R C T U R U S
It is extraordinary to be reminded that even as we sit next to each other,
at the same table just inches apart,
even as we look out of the same window
what we see through that window is not the same.
It is easy to imagine that what we experience with those close to us
in what seems to be a shared circumstance must be the same
but each of us has a very unique perception which informs our knowing.
It is always a challenge to express that perception to another.
Milo Saly is a photographer and a frequent visitor to the gallery.
When I first saw his work these stood out to me as extraordinary
in their composition, depth and surprise of colour. What makes
great photography is the ability to frame what you see in a
way that allows the viewer to share in the experience.
Bronze sculpture of Frederick Banting and Charles Best in front of the MaRS building
where they did much of their work on the discovery of insulin ninety years ago.
This must be a fairly new acquisition because I have not been able to find out
who the artist is and when it was installed but I will keep looking.
Today we had a visitor, Jill Lawrence, come to work with us. We shared images, copies of four paintings and each of us chose, unbeknownst to the others, to use this sitting character in our collages. Placing him up a tree, in the clouds, on a wall, in a room.
You met this character in yesterday's blog 'The Bathers' by
Seurat. Starting with the same resource is a great way to appreciate the unique imagination of each person.
Today was a good day.
Collage by Sae Kimura
A day of seemingly unrelated elements, moments,
translated into black and white,
a quieter version of chaos,
letting the differences slide, one into the other,
dots and dogs a typo
mistake or nothing in common
steeples rise and clouds float, faster in the wind
an expression of inward and outward contemplation,
in the holding of blue chair.
Please, take a seat.
It takes time for a tree to bear fruit
and what is time?
seasons and weather
snow melting to roots drinking deeply
years of many days
small branches growing thicker almost imperceptible
leaves unfurling and blossoms few enough to count
each one a possibility
sapling to tree
colt to horse
puppy to dog
one moment you notice it has happened
something becomes what it was meant to be
the readiness to bear fruit.
Collage by Eron Boyd