Wet Your Eyes

The Poetry of Water

Consider what water represents to you – symbolically, elementally, metaphorically – when viewing The Poetry of Water, a solo exhibition of 24 of my paintings currently on display at the Kaasa Gallery, lower level of Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium.

flower petal lagoon, acrylic on wood panel

Water refreshes. It has the power to calm us, cleanse us, mesmerize us and, literally, buoy us. Fundamentally, it quenches our thirst; we could not survive on this planet without it.

We talk of healing waters, and of still waters running deep. Water can also have powerful negative/destructive connotations: drowning, flooding, the turbulence of stormy seas, tidal waves, etc.
In Jungian dream analysis,
water represents intuition, emotion and the depths of the unconscious.
Water can also symbolize the womb, amniotic life, the fetal period.
In alchemy terms, it is the source of everything: prima materia. The source of water is the source of Life.

The wetness continues through mid-August.

God loves a parade, and pool parties, and rainbows and revolution, baby

Busy, busy weekend ahead!
I’m now involved with the board of Exposure, Edmonton’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival, and will be helping staff the Exposure booth at Churchill Square tomorrow afternoon following the annual Pride parade.

(The parade has a new route this year, btw – along 102 Avenue instead of Jasper, and starts at noon.)

I’m also donating a painting for a silent auction fundraiser … bids will be accepted at the Celebration on the Square as well as at Sunday evening’s All Bodies Pool Party at Fred Broadstock Pool. The painting, ‘Somewhere Under The Rainbow It Gets Better’ (acrylic on canvas, 40×60) is one of two panels I created for last year’s Exposure Arty Carnival at the Jubilee.

In between I’ll be reading with Vivek Shraya at Leva Cafe at 2 p.m. Sunday. We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate our 2011 Lambda Literary Award nominations – Vivek’s for God Loves Hair (Young Adult category) and mine for White Shirt (Poetry). GOD LOVES WHITE SHIRTS is a multi-media presentation featuring special guests Derek Warwick and MC Joshua Carter/Teen Jesus Barbie.

Happy Pride … Viva La Revolucion

the gospel according to kandinsky

Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to walk about into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want? 

The more frightening the world becomes … the more art
becomes abstract.

Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.

— Wassily Kandinsky