04 12 2013

Halifax, Studio21

New show of the lasts Carol Bernier's paintings at Studio21 in Halifax, beginning january 15th.: The Icelandic language has a certain poetic quality. But one of its words in particular brings a smile to my lips, since its translation reveals all the beauty of the Icelandic sky. The word is ský, meaning “cloud.” A single word encompassing all the shades and all the turbulence of that unique firmament. I spent a month working in the town of Akureyri, in the north of Iceland, at a time of the year when the sun seems never to set. I watched the sky change with galloping speed, a constant dance of improbable hues and the white tufts we call clouds. Nothing I hadn’t seen before, but nevertheless, so strange. For if those shapes are clouds, if that sky is certainly up on top and that land down below, then everything can be called a landscape. The only thing needed is a horizon. Although . . . Abstraction is simply a word to designate what we have not yet seen. As for myself, I was painting Icelandic landscapes before I had even set eyes upon them.

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