Kim Dorland ENTER LIGHT
Kim Dorland's first solo exhibition for Galerie Division, Enter, Light, is a natural progression from the darkness that characterised his last exhibitions in New York and Toronto.
Drenched in light, these paintings lead us out of the heart of the woods and into the literal and metaphoric light at the edges of the forest where animals and mythic beasts convene bathed in light. Further echoing this movement through the Canadian forest, the display of these works at Galerie Division will physically surround viewers with trees and beams of light.
With this body of work, Kim Dorland continues his investigation of the iconic Canadian landscape and questions of national identity. Geometric beams of light nod to the Canadian traditions of Colour Field and Hard Edge abstraction, while subtle glazes of paint complement the generous use of impasto that have long characterised Dorland’s paintings.
Enter, Light is also a very personal and spiritual answer to the problem of positioning oneself within the complex and layered tradition of Canadian landscape painting. As Dorland explained in a recent interview with art writer Robert Enright: “It is about communing with space and our connection to natural beauty.”
To position this new series in a larger context, we strongly recommend viewing Kim Dorland’s “Nature Painting II”, completed in 2008 and currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Kim Dorland was born in 1974, in Wainwright, Alberta and currently lives and works in Toronto. He attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design and received his master’s degree from York University in Toronto. His work is included in national and international public and private collections, most notably: the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Oppenheimer collection at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.