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Interrupted Horizons Show

WHEN: November 2-30, 2012
WHERE: Rotunda Gallery, City Hall Kitchener
RECEPTION: November 8, 5-7PM

Our industrial approach to constructing the landscapes we inhabit creates self-reinforcing disconnects within the historical record that lead to inter-generational blindness of what has been altered. For each generation, their native environment molds their cognitive associations with nature. Our experience is mediated through this constantly changing reference frame which informs moral viewpoints regarding our transformation of space from a utilitarian perspective.

For the observer, a pastoral interpretation of our environment contrasts industrial ruins—and the artificially crafted “natural” spaces that accompany them—against a completely transformed agricultural landscape, unsettling comfortable notions of our ability to live symbiotically with nature.

As a landscape artist who began life living on the ocean, and who grew up later on the shores of Lake Huron, the imagery of the unbroken horizon is a central theme of my work. Previously, living in London Ontario, my first experience of a land-locked environment was that of flatness— of living on the seabed of a fossil ocean.

Having moved recently to Kitchener, I have been struck by the rolling landscape of the region’s Karst topography, and the constant interruption of a direct sightline to the horizon. In this region the divide between the sky and the earth is much closer to the observer, more human and immediate in scale, and dramatically broken by such features as the incised landscape of Elora to the north as well as the Niagra Escarpment’s discontinuity to the east.

Within the past 100 years, the ongoing settlement and development of the area has also created historical discontinuities in the horizon, from the clearing of the area by successive waves of immigration— such as the emancipated freemen who travelled the underground railroad to settle and clear the land, to later European-influenced industrialization and the current third wave of high technology. Each of these historical periods has removed natural elements from the landscape and evolved the horizon through the construction of factories, communities and networked infrastructure.

"Hey, what's the matter Budd" by nik harron
“Hey, what’s the matter Budd?” Acrylic on panel, 36x36in, 2012

For more preview images of the series (to be released leading up to the show), check here.


This show was made possible in part by administrative assistance from The City of Kitchener and an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

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