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"WHEN AN ART GALLERY TURNS INTO A LAKE AKA THE MOST INCREDIBLE ART EXHIBIT I'VE EVER SEEN"
Source: The Anthrotorian
Published: 10/16/2016
Author: Lindsay Shapka

WHEN AN ART GALLERY TURNS INTO A LAKE AKA THE MOST INCREDIBLE ART EXHIBIT I'VE EVER SEEN

by Lindsay Shapka in 


When the Peter Robertson Gallery described Canadian artist Steve Driscoll's show, And a Dark Wind Blows, to me as "a water installation that would reflect his paintings", I wasn't sure what to expect. Maybe a few oversized tubs of water placed under the works? 

 

View of the exhibit from outside the gallery

 

What I didn't expect was what I saw when I went to the preview a few nights ago — the entire gallery had been turned into a lake.

Specifically, the floor of the gallery, and a few inches up the wall, had been lined with a heavy plastic that was then filled with water and dyed black. On top of this water, a wooden walkway, a dock, and huge rocks were placed to give viewers a way to enter, and walk through, the space. The walkway and dock were built so that they move slightly as you walk over them, causing ripples. The art, reflecting in the ripples, seems to move along the surface of the water.

 

Visitors to the gallery must walk along a wooden walkway that leads to a dock

 

The works are all inspired by the night sky, and the show cumulates in a stunning three panelled painting of the aurora borealis, or northern lights (image below). Though the paintings are hung on the wall like they would be in any show, the viewer can not actually get close to the pieces in the same way that you could in a more typical space. Instead, you must stay on the walkway that guides you from work to work at a distance.

 

These Are Truly the Last Days by Steve Driscoll 

 

I have never been in a space that has been so completely transformed. It is truly a one-of-a-kind exhibit. 

 

If you are in the Edmonton area, the exhibit is running until November 5, 2016.