Geoffrey Hunter, "Untitled," 2003, acrylic on paper, 30" x 22.25".
By Marcia Johnson
Geoffrey Hunter explains, with a bemused smile, the title of his upcoming show: King Works. The fiefdom of his studio is where one thought rules - one concept, one process - he says. It is a place where the artist makes all the decisions and choices. In these pieces, a mosaic of dots creates a form - not only by Hunter's usual means of erasing and scraping - but by the juxtaposition of colour. One senses the search to create a glowing space within. The viewer is drawn into the center like a visual respiration and returns from the intensity of the glowing form to the periphery where the "dot space" is more expansive. This meditation mimics the creative tension during Hunter's working process. Changes are initiated but the search is to capture and maintain the balance between the external and the microscopic which pulls us inexorably inward.
"The canvas is becoming too small," says Hunter. Already six by five and a half feet, these canvases of burning bushes or quiet vortices surrounded by colour yearn for more dimension, need more space, more room to breathe.
King Works shows September 6 to October 4, 2003, at Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary.