|Chris Kline, Local Condition, installation view at Diaz Contemporary|
|Chris Kline, Local Condition 1, 2012|
Acrylic on canvas, 70” x 54
Two shows in view in Toronto this December illustrate why painting remains a vital medium whose capacity for individual expression cannot be rivalled.
The paintings of Montreal-based artist Chris Kline, on view at Diaz Contemporary till January 10, are minimalist yet richly nuanced. In his series Local Condition, subtle gradations of green/blue increase in saturation as the eye travels up the canvas, suggesting (but not simulating) the sky in various types of weather or times of day. These works have a meditative quality, yet also reward the searching gaze that actively seeks out their shifting tonalities. See Diaz Contemporary for more information.
Carol Wainio's paintings also demand extended engagement, but in this case it's the dense layers of words, marks and incidents that keep one looking, for fear of missing one tiny bit of these fantastic realms.
|Carol Wainio, One Evening, 2014 |
Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 120 inches
|Carol Wainio, Dropped from the Calendar, installation view at Paul Petro|
left: Les Cailloux Blancs; right: One Evening
|Carol Wainio, Les Cailloux Blancs (detail)|