terra cognita: k.b.reynolds mastin gallery
k.b.reynolds mastin gallery
as i paint and repaint the landscapes of manitoulin island and the north channel i realize how much i see them and how little i know them. they guard their massive beauty in the change of seasons and the passage of weather, only ever revealing fragments of their true colour and shape depending on their moods.
the paintings in this show are essays, individual attempts to assemble some of those fragments. these paintings, despite their size, are not monumental, but are instead incidental, hoping only to suggest some moving part of a specific place, season and time of day. the titles are an homage to those people who knew the landscape originally and intimately, the first nations, with each image showing one of the four directions in one of the four seasons.
an out-of-order series of fantastical snap-shots featuring hard to reach places, interspecies miscommunication, and general metaphors of all sorts...
i am a lithographer, screen printer, textile and installation artist and i currently run an arts centre in sheguiandah, on manitoulin island. i have a penchant for garbage dumps & dead things and finds the spaces between things more interesting than the things themselves...
as a northerner, i have always felt closely linked to the land, its power, beauty and regenerative ability. i feel a strong bond with the spirit that moves through nature. i was raised to appreciate its seasons and offerings and have sought to live in communion with it, going so far as homesteading with no electricity and no running water.
it was during this time that I found a yard on the water’s edge surrounded by forest where heaps of discarded boat parts and cars were left to be reclaimed by nature. the images of this place perfectly marry the shapes, textures and colours of human and nature as co-creators and rivet the artist’s eye. i was struck by the unintentional art forms created by this collaboration and my fortune at being a witness.