Curator: Helen Marzolf
Description: 2 Pages, 4 colour images
Essay: Helen Marzolf
Saskatoon artist Ernest Lindner (1897-1988) and Robert Wiens of Picton, Ontario are a generation apart, but this exhibition catalogue documents their similar scrutiny of trees and forest. In their work, they stray from the well-worn path of landscape conventions to recast the mechanics of painting and propose divergent reads on waldsterben or "forest death". Robert Wiens' towering close-ups of pine trunks have an elergiac feel, whereas Lindner's earlier representations of forest regeneration seem luminously optimistic. Lindner's work recalls abstract painting by virtue of history. Wiens' slightly against-the-grain images are unapologetically painterly and sumptuous.
This publication originates from an exhibition organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery, a department of the Regina Public Library, from August 26 - October 17, 2000. The financial support for presentation and publication by Regina Public Library, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and The Canada Council for the Arts is gratefully acknowledged.