Dreaming of Flying
Vancouver BC Oct 11-Nov 10, 2007
Gathie Falk, Moth I (2007), oil on canvas [Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 11-Nov 10]
Gathie Falk is a significant senior Canadian artist. Among dozens of other private, public and corporate collections, her works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council Art Bank, CBC Collection, Department of External Affairs in Ottawa, Government of British Columbia, Hewlett-Packard Canada, Kamloops Art Gallery, McMichael Canadian Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Petro Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her exemplary awards include the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, 1990; Order of Canada, 1997; Order of British Columbia, 2002; and Governor Generals Award in Visual Arts, 2003.
The Equinox Gallery has represented Falk since 1981 when she first showed her Beautiful B.C. Multiple Purpose Thermal Blankets, shortly followed by the luminous Pieces of Water. Known for large-scale canvasses filled with light, the current exhibition comes as an intriguing surprise.
Dreaming of Flying includes a large hand-made papier-mâché canoe mounted on trestles in the middle of the gallery floor, a series of 4 x 4 foot paintings of moths surrounding it on the walls, and mirrors hanging above the canoe that gently rotate and reflect the artworks. The variations in surface and texture, from the aged, opalescent skin of the canoe, to the gentle handling of paint and impasto, to the sharp glittering of the mirror fragments, combine to create a unique and stunning visual-scape. Gathie Falk flies high with this beautiful installation.