The first exhibit in Canada showing the charcoal drawings of Renie Spoelstra is on now and continues through April 2nd at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.
Renie Spoelstra, Recreation Area, charcoal on paper, 95 x 138″, 2010.
Renie Spoelstra crafts her charcoal drawings in studio working from video stills and other photographic material. It can be a challenge to translate photographs into other media but the artist manages to breathe the sort of life into her compositions that you may expect from a plein air situation.
Renie Spoelstra, Car #3, charcoal on paper, 12 x 16″, 2010.
Spoelstra often selects imagery that captures the asides of life. Drawings from photographs taken whilst driving offer another look at the mundane that gains appreciation with examination. Darkness broods in a very literal way through this work. The shadows within the shadows enlighten the viewer to the subtle power that teems through our periphery.
Renie Spoelstra, Driving #2, charcoal on paper, 16 x 20″, 2010.
10 March – 2 April 2011
Nicholas Metivier Gallery