The Curator’s Selection for May / June 2021 brings together series by artists that focus on a single subject, composed centrally, to highlight a unique theme.
The focus on isolated, island retreats in Steven Nederveen’s Quietude Series express a sensation of calm and reflection that respite in nature can offer during periods of turmoil or upheaval.
The viewer analyzes the twisting limbs and heavy branches of Robert Marchessault’s singular trees, anthropomorphizing the heaviness of bows laden with leaves or the jovialness of fronds pressing upwards to express an instinctive character — a poignant intimation of human nature.
The graceful athleticism of Vicki Smith’s swimmers, reclined and activated in their pursuit, nostalgically reflect days of leisure spent at the lake or ocean.
Lastly, Andre Petterson resituates character homes atop pebbled beaches or the coming tide within his CLIME Series as a timely and symbolic examination of the ways in which we become acclimated to new realities and a possible future because of climate change.