Boyd Chubbs – Visits & Visitations
BOYD CHUBBS – VISITS & VISITATIONS
NOVEMBER 2 – NOVEMBER 24, 2018
The Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to present Visits and Visitations, featuring new ink drawings by Newfoundland and Labrador artist Boyd Chubbs. This exhibition celebrates the 25 years that Boyd has exhibited with the gallery.
Throughout all of his exhibitions over the last twenty-five years the imagery of Boyd Chubbs has been deeply rooted in the cultural identity of the province. Knowledge of the soul and of the human condition have informed the work to bring the viewer to another level of contemplation of what it means to be of this place.
In a new series of ink drawings titled Visits and Visitations, Chubbs states that there are concrete elements such as rock, water and vegetation in company with the “other” narrating a duel happening or as W.B. Yeats wrote: “…who can tell the dancer from the dance.”
Figures from other places, other times, emerge into this land-sea scape carrying and speaking messages. Lovers and searchers inhabit caves and mines. The drowned and perished rise from waters into re-birth. A Great Organ spreads a triumphal across the sea where eagles drop for providence.
Borrowing from early and contemporary creators become the “other” voices; “other” presences; become visitations…the reaching-across as Blake did with Michelangelo for his purposes and, in turn, “as I borrow from Holbein, Boykov and Squires for my own… the seen and the unseen informs the narrative.”
In the drawing “from this plowed land…” the Rock speaks to the Dancer. Everything is a witness and in listening we can hear that circumstance where the ancient is speaking to the contemporary, saying “I knew you in your long-ago Dance by the Sea”.
Everything is of this world and the visiting worlds…Visits and Visitations.