We Cannot Say It Is There, And Yet We Cannot Say It Isn’t
The Vernon Public Art Gallery is exhibiting Scott Bertram’s new body of large-scale abstract paintings. The paintings in the exhibition titled: We Cannot Say It Is There, And Yet We Cannot Say It Isn’t, are very enigmatic and autonomous in that they do not reference the known world in any way. Formally, the paintings are akin to other non-representational structures which reference and construct deep space. Bertram’s paintings are ambiguous in the sense that they portray space which is often contradictory and the visual structures do not lend themselves to verbal interpretations which is always an issue with non-representational abstraction. This fact is also reflected in Bertram’s mode of operation while creating images without a preconceived idea what the painting will look like once considered finished. His painting process relies on setting up circumstances for the chance and accidents to occur, then accepts the outcomes as a partial solution of his pictorial propositions.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturdays, 11am-4pm.