AT THE EDGE- Abstract Series
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The use of the drawn black line, and especially liquid black line in the form of ink or paint, has become increasingly an integral part of my work. Mark Rothko, the New York painter , famous for his use of the colour red, once said that his worst fear was that all the colour would be swallowed up by the black. Although I understand his fear, I don’t share it. My work in the theatre has been a great influence and invaluable insight for my artwork. I approach my art in much the same way I approach set design for the stage. I view the “black box” void as a positive opportunity for creating. For me, there is no better starting point than a black space or void in which to create with light, colour and form. As in a stage set, subject matter can be arranged, isolated, featured, highlighted or subdued. Lighting and exaggerated effects can be employed to further the vision. Sometimes this results in an artificial or unreal looking environment which can help to emphasize the important elements and ideas of the subject, hopefully in a memorable way.
This series, “AT THE EDGE’ asks viewers to contemplate how we deal with the real, perceived, and imagined “edges” and boundaries that we encounter in our human experience.
British artists: Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, and John Piper
American Artists: Edward Hopper and Richard Diebenkorn.
Teacher and friend, Lydia Hill.
signed, Bruce Repei, Hamilton, Ontario October, 28, 2015
AT THE EDGE will be on view November 1 through December 6, with an OPENING Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 till 11 pm. The venue will be DEFACTO GALLERY at Mulberry Coffeehouse, 193 James Street North in Hamilton, Ontario.
AT THE EDGE by Bruce Repei is being curated by Megan Press, Curator of The Mississauga Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.