Current Exhibition: Mirage, David Ivan Clark, November 22 – December 21, 2013. Opening Reception: November 22, 6 - 8 pm
The vast, silent plains of western Canada, where David Ivan Clark was born and raised, inform both his life and work. As a child, Clark felt the numinous in the natural world and yearns for this connection still. Fast-forward to the post-modern age, which asks us to view our surroundings not as independent from ourselves, but as personal construct flung outward: we no longer inhabit the world but our own shimmering projections. From this vantage, the existence of the natural sanctuary Clark inhabited as a child is called into question. His work explores this dilemma.
Clark’s paintings hover in the space between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact. They dwell in limbo, each marking the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge.
From a distance the paintings present land, sky and nothing more. Held up to the turbulent flux of the mechanized world, they offer refuge. As one draws near, however, bucolic illusion becomes fugitive: deep space collapses to surface; distant horizon reverts to paint, pitted and scoured; serene haven, glimpsed as if on film, old, grainy and scratched, dissolves to abstraction.