"Love Through Barking Dog"
Heather Cline, "Love Through Barking Dog," acrylic and mixed media on canvas.
Populating Veduta: Contemporary Cityscapes, October 20 to November 20, 2010, Art Gallery of Regina
BY: Patricia Dawn Robertson
Regina artist Heather Cline says she’s more concerned with the incidental than the monumental. Her latest work, Populating Veduta, depicts 13th Avenue in Regina’s Cathedral district, a neighbourhood she loves for its diversity and epic quality (vedutas are tourist paintings of cityscapes.) Cline, whose work can also be found at Regina’s Mysteria Gallery and Art Placement in Saskatoon, wanted to capture those small, quiet moments gleaned from everyday life in her city. “There’s something happening in the scene, and we won’t get the whole story but I want to get the quality of the feeling,” says Cline. She’s drawn to storytelling in her work and calls herself a “narrative artist”, and she’s also keen to ensure that her paintings are accessible to the viewer. “I want to make people feel welcome to the work,” she says. “I want to seduce them into the space with colourful images of recognizable subject matter.” Populating Veduta will also feature short videos presented alongside the streetscape portraits, giving the show a clean, elegant look when viewers enter the gallery — the videos are used to explain the stories behind the paintings.