Mark Dicey, "Untitled 2153," acrylic, gouache, pencil crayon and collage on paper, 2010.
River Tour, September 15 to October 29, Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary
BY: Jill Sawyer
Looking for an organic object that encompasses the idea of movement, flux, and continuity, it’s no surprise that Mark Dicey settled on the river as a source of inspiration for River Tour, this latest series of paintings at Calgary’s Jarvis Hall Fine Art. Born and raised in Calgary, a city with a strong identification with the river that courses through its centre, Dicey muses on other cities and other rivers for these abstracts. Each painting has the layered appearance of collage, and Dicey talks about the presence of a past and a future that flows by, seen from the static point on the bank of a river. In the work, each moment is represented by a layer, a patch, a point of colour on paper. Dicey has had a long-standing relationship with the Calgary art scene, painting in the city for close to 30 years. “Always appearing to remain constant, the individual drops of water from which the river is composed are constantly changing,” Dicey says. “But at the same time they represent the unity of life.”