Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is proud to present Golden Hour, an exhibition of new work by Rosalind Breen (Ottawa, ON) and Corri-Lynn Tetz (Montreal, QC).
One year ago, the work of Rosalind Breen was significantly different. They were large-scale paintings of iconic (and nostalgic) characters - Willy Wonka, the Spice Girls, characters from Lord of the Flies. These characters were painted in dream-like settings and partially constructed landscapes. Corri-Lynn Tetz’ paintings of ethereal landscapes populated with blurred, nude figures with a muted palate have remained consistent. A year ago, the connection between Breen’s paintings and Corri-Lynn Tetz’ work was immediate, and obvious. The similarities in not only execution, but in the desire to create an image with ambiguity were what had originally prompted the idea for the exhibition.
Since that time, a significant shift in Breen’s execution has resulted in a far less obvious connection, but excitingly, deeper, more symbolic ones: light and longing. Both deeply relied upon lighting and the bare minimum of information to create a narrative. Tetz notes that light has become a really important part of her paintings: “a way of signaling experience without having to illustrating the specifics of what that is. Rosalind is talking about the mundane and ambiguous and I like connecting those ideas to the historic use of light in painting and how it signaled ideas of the 'divine'.”
For Breen, another connection was through a shared sense of longing. “Sometimes when looking at the figures in our work, I feel a deep sense of longing. Longing from the characters, longing to know more about what is going on, longing to be apart of the plot. That is a theme that motivates a lot of my own work. I include fruits, pomegranates, apples, lemons and limes all to play with the archetype of desire and longing… the forbidden fruit. Beyond buttery light pouring through fields or nature, when I suggested the title I was thinking about the Golden Hour through the context of mythology and fable. It was the hour of transformation, the climatic moment of reveal... it was the point where the plot would all be come clear. Corri-Lynn and I both make such ambiguous works, that to have a show called the Golden Hour almost feels like presenting that second before the great reveal. The moment of breath held, anticipation, wonder and excitement.”
In the body of works created by Breen for Golden Hour, she aimed to explore ideas of finding myth in the mundane and ambiguous images. She drew from personal memories and desires and then reduced the images to bones through collage. She embraced familiarity and nostalgia “to create a shared experience, to illuminate memories that bring people together in solidarity”.
Tetz has continued her focus on ritual, and ideas of transcendent experience. Through “discarding the utopic/idyllic weight of a figure in landscape”, she has attempted to shape “evocative, interior, dreamscapes, or, spaces where my connection to painting, the figure and to the transformation of found images, filters personal experience and a temporal curiosity towards the immaterial.”
Golden Hour opens Friday, June 2 and runs until June 30. There is an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 6-9 pm, with both artists in attendance.
Born in Toronto, Rosalind Breen attained a BFAH from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and in 2016 an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. She has since participated in residencies in Iceland, Germany and Massachusetts. She has exhibited in shows in Rhode Island, New York, Toronto and Iceland. She is interested in the idea of shared human experience, creating environments and resurrecting mythical archetypes. She makes works with the intention to evoke nostalgia or to create cathartic, shared experiences, to illuminate memories that bring people together in solidarity.
Corri-Lynn Tetz studied painting and drawing at Red Deer College, Emily Carr College of Art and Design and Concordia University, and now works and lives in Montreal. She has receivedthe Takao Tanabe Prize, the Helen Couture Award, and was as a finalist in the 2012 RBC Painting Competition. Most recently, she has been awarded a research and creation grant from The Conseil des Art et des Lettres du Quebec and a Project Fellowship through the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. She was the 2016 recipient of the Brucebo Foundations Residency Scholarship and spent three months working on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Her paintings have been exhibited in Sweden and across Canada.