Exhibit draws on power of art
We pass them by, not even thinking about their significance to our lives.
As we photograph, we curse the way they traverse a perfect landscape or clutter our alley ways. Yet the poles and their wires bring us light, telephone, electronic information and mechanization. Where would we be, for instance, without electricity?
The poles and their tangle of cables are a metaphor for connectivity, for communication.
Fort Gallery artist Kristin Krimmel chooses to look at power poles for what they are, putting them in the picture instead of taking them out.
“In each painting, I discover things I didn’t know,” writes Krimmel.
“For instance the wires that I thought were all black are in fact varied in colours of white, red, turquoise blue and black. There are insulators that are a deep burgundy colour and others that are white. Some are a transparent aquamarine.
There are more ways to connect and more ways for a line to travel than I had ever suspected.”
Krimmel has discovered that a single wire bending and twisting in the light can change colour just because of light source and the shadows which occur.
Her series of new acrylic paintings is about observation and finding beauty in the common objects around us. It will be on display from Oct. 3 to Oct. 21 inside the Fort Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The gallery operates Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., at 9048 Glover Rd.