Curator's Selection: Reflections
The Curator’s Selection for February/March focuses on the unique way in which painters depict the reflective quality of water.
David T. Alexander’s wet series explores water as form by combining luminous color with flattened, uncanny perspective. Reflective pools, elusive ripples and subtle shifts of light and glare are punctuated by tall, vertical reeds which culminate into richly painted surfaces that oscillate between pure abstraction and recognizable natural forms.
Vicky Smith’s figural paintings capture the reflective quality of water as the surface is disrupted by the movement and colour of a swimming body. Fractured into a series of colourful brushstrokes, the representational elements of Smith's figures become abstracted fragments of the face, hair, body and bathing suit of each swimmer.
Composed as an interaction where the representational elements of wetland marshes emerge from the abstracted surface of ponds, Ken Wallace's waterscape canvases utilize the reflection of light off water as a way to depict a "collage of responses" rather than a faithful recreation of a specific locale.