The art scribbler at the Red Star fishwrapper wrings his hands: "Fans will exult in it beginning to end, like the exhaustive funhouse it is. But I wonder if it’s a little too user-friendly'", then goes on to suggest "would it be so hard to see his work alongside Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills...Or even the vast photographic tableaux of Jeff Wall?" (I love them both and I love the Red Star.) He goes on some more: "But still. Colville is an artist for whom the less explanation, the better...this could be anywhere, and he or she could be you." And this: "There's less reverence than engagement".
For some, maybe...the ones that iPhoned all the images and the textual descriptions.
I will pore over the catalogue. I will dream about Colville's visions. And I will go back for another look.
And I have a project in mind. I want to render this in acrylics. It is "Kitimat", captured by me on May 9, 2013, three days before my old heart dog left this Earth. Colville loved his dogs. For now, it is conceptual art - a plan for a painting that I do and do not want to make. What would Alex say?
The Red Star says: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2014/08/21/visual_art_alex_colville_art_gallery_of_ontario_ago_exhibition_painting.html