The setting of LandSea01 is, as the subtitle suggests, (Traversant la rivière des Ottawa à Oka) a crossing of the Ottawa River at Oka, Quebec. As a piece of realist art it represents a crossing between Ontario and Quebec or; symbolically, a connection between French and English culture.

The crossing of an imaginary geopolitical line mid river can also represent the merging of divergent forms of art. Crossings are attractive not only because they provide passage of ideas and trade between divided peoples and places, they also represent the romance of travel and the excitement of commercial and intellectual endeavours.

I studied art in Quebec at a university.

I sold graphics in the famous galleries of Rue Sherbrooke and Vieux-Montreal.



Where cultures meet can be a place of conflict. Here Pte. Patrick Cloutier of the Vandoo and Mohawk Warrior Brad Larocque confront at Oka in 1990. The Mohawk have been traditional allies of the British since the the American Revolution and the occupation of Quebec in 1775. The conflict in Oka was between the town and the band. The Vandoo were sent to keep the peace.

Upper, Western, Arctic, and Pacific Canada are not British but, the perception remains.

The peacekeeper can easily be associated with their enemies by all the conflicting parties. Peacekeeping is dangerous work.

There were conflicts between the isms of the modern era. The 2oth century was a time of enormous conflict. Surrealists were burned with cigarettes for departing from the principles. Expressionists held the Impressionists in disdain and expressionism was thought to be contaminated with representation by the abstractionists. The conceptualists dislike it all, all art painted, drawn, printed, and sculpted.

What are conceptualism, photo-realism, abstract expressionism, cubism, and futurism doing on the same canvas joined inseparably by acrylic paint?


photo credit - Will S. (Flicker)


Joel Weishaus writes in his online piece,

"Of Place Itself"

Putting aside statistical probabilities and lines of ascent, imagine a place "conceived as both primordial space and the primordial time of the event," which "would allow a genuine alternative to modernityor, at least, to modernity traditionally understoodby giving place precedence over both modern space and time." However, "to 'synthesize' pre-modern and post-modern ideas of place would be to imply that place is(as essence of places) and that it is not (as event-like non-essence of places)—a flat contradiction."(16)



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