Betty Kaser - Seeing into Darkness September 10 2014

Seeing into Darkness
Betty Kaser

The last time I visited Alberta, the landscape of my childhood, I came across a massive upheaval on the road, extending through a field: a pipeline. My heart lurched. Back in the studio I continued working on a series that had begun with one small drawing, scanned, enlarged and printed on mylar. I proceeded by cutting, layering and amplifying the imagery with additional drawing and painting. The flat black of gesso evokes a void, an absence or a presence, a limitless depth reminiscent for me of the prairie sky. Then I realized it also closely references oil. The vast open space of the prairie merged with the transformed landscape of resource extraction. “Seeing Into Darkness” was born.

Opening reception: September 13th 2014: 2pm-6pm
Exhibition runs from September 11th - September 24th

Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 2-7pm
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Betty graduated from York University in 1972 with a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies. Her pursuit of art has paralleled her work in urban planning, cross fertilizing both practices. In the early 1980’s in order to provide herself and other artists with more permanent studio space, she began converting old two story factories into condominiums for purchase by artists. Each two story unit devoted one story to studio and the other to living quarters. This interest in the use of space and the “space between”, a fundamental concern of architecture, continues in her art work today.