RETROSPECTIVE OF THE ROAD SHOW EXHIBIT BY BERNICE VINCENT (1934 -2016)
"Highways have brought the countryside closer, but familiarity has bred the usual consequence. In [How Long Till We Get There] a car speeds away beyond a fetching-looking landscape that it clearly has sped into and out of without even slowing down. ... Wherever "there" is, the work implies, those kids and their daddy had already got somewhere worth getting to and hadn't even known it."
Doug Bale, London Free Press, October 19, 1991
From "The Road Show" at Gibson Gallery, 1991
During the past few years, I have made a series of paintings concentrating on our contemporary use of the land. Some of these paintings have included variations on a generic white car, "Everycar" travelling along hard-edged grey roads that are imposed on masses of detailed, lush, green landscape - similar to the summertime landscape of South Western Ontario.
More recently, for the "Road Show", I have used cut-out formats, three dimensional pieces, and other formal devices to emphasize the thrust of the raods, and to draw the viewer into each individual work. The exhibition itself is shaped to take the viewer from a somewhat amused reaction to the unexpected treatment of a familiar environment, to a more sombre, indeed appalling, presentation of the roads that lead us to the desecration of more distant sites.
"Northern Vision" is a symbolic presentation of the scars made on the landscape by clear cutting. "Southern Vision" is an installation in which the road leads into an apocalyptic vision of the burning of rain forest, with painted smoke billowing upthe wall and onto the ceiling above the viewer, threatening to engulf everything around it.