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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
31 Oct 92until28 Nov 92

Rhoda Rosenfeld

Dark Works 1988 –1992

555 Hamilton St

An artwork on a white wall. The work is a painting on fabric pinned to the wall, containing rusty, earthy tones. Extruding from the painting is a large wood branch, possible with tree roots attached.

Rhoda Rosenfeld is a Vancouver-based visual artist and poet. As a visual artist she has worked with photography and painting, at times combining the two. The exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery features a series of paintings Rosenfeld has been producing since 1988.

The Dark Works, to be exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery from October 31, were derived from a set of photographs taken by Rosenfeld in 1970. Before the film was developed, it was damaged by moisture and, as a result, the intended landscape images were obscured by ghostly biomorphic shapes. The landscapes in the paintings are also obscured, this time by a turbulent layer of brush marks that force a slow visual assimilation of the image. This veiling of the image is metaphoric of Rosenfeld's feeling about our relationship with a landscape that is increasingly mediated by technology through ecological erosion and the mass media. Rhoda Rosenfeld works slowly, producing an average of two paintings a year. The paintings are large, 5 feet by 8 feet, and are installed unstretched. The materials she employs include clay, oil paint, oil stick and colour pencil.