The current exhibition, The Reflexive Self at Mike Weiss Gallery features two of my favorite Canadian artists. Marc Séguin uses human ashes to create dark ephemeral portraits. Kim Dorland’s bright vivid forests of thickly layered painted canvases. The show as a whole is a bit incongruent, bringing together young artists working in a variety of media and themes.
Kim Dorland, fantastic landscape in gestural dynamic technique. The colours are intense and the shadows are better. The layering effect seems to be a new trend in contemporary painting. Like Daniel Richter, Dorland uses a spray paint grafitti technique which gives these large works a dynamic relevance. Angell gallery is one of my perfered galleries in Toronto.