Homer was the first to invoke the image of a “wine dark sea” in the Iliad as a physical reflection of Achilles’ grief at the death of Patroclus, but the phrase throbs against the skull when considering the paintings of Karen Gunderson.
Water Planet is an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition/happening that aims to consider water through the broad spectrum of many artists and performers. The efforts range from charming to profound to clumsy.
Every year, SFR declares fall the season for locals but, every year, it comes as a bit of a surprise. At the end of each international über-art summer, the local scene wakes up and takes the town back. The burst of local energy, especially in the orbit of big events such the High Mayhem Emerging Arts Festival, is always gratifying, even if the work falls flat as often as it succeeds.
Patrick Kikut asks: What do the signifiers in landscape paintings mean when removed from their original context and allowed to float free and interact with the work of other artists, using the gallery space as a conceptual horizon?
Atmospheric Diver's images and sounds are unfamiliar and somewhat illogical. The mind, finding that it cannot deconstruct the ideas intellectually, refocuses and an organic and pure experience is left.