Kim Dorland: The Edge of Town
Holiday Art Sale in the Project Room

opening reception, Friday, December 1, 6-9, 2006

kasia kay art projects gallery
1044 W Fulton Market St. Chicago

exhibition dates: December 1, 2006 – January 28, 2007
gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 - 5:30, Saturday 11 - 5
Tuesday by appointment

kasia kay art projects gallery is proud to announce its upcoming show of new work by Kim Dorland in one of the painter's primary solo shows in the U.S. Kim Dorland's paintings push the boundaries of representation while thematically exploring memory, nostalgia, and the psychology of the outsider. Teenagers populate his paintings, often smoking, drinking and partying around bonfires in the woods. The gatherings are not buoyant or celebratory, however, but decidedly melancholy. Even in groups, the figures seem isolated and lonely. The scenes are both eerie and nostalgic; Dorland pulls inspiration from memories of his own adolescence and specifically the landscapes he occupied while growing up in Alberta, Canada. The painted landscape is a mirror of his painted figures; their psychological and emotional states are reflected in their chaotic or run-down surroundings. Dorland under-paints with glaring fluorescent acrylic colors which radiate out from behind his heavily applied oil painting. Aggressive impasto brushwork and slashes of thick paint become forests, fires and rubbish under train trestles. Faces peering out from hooded sweatshirts are created using globs of paint. Close inspection of figures which seem normal at first glance reveals extra arms or missing legs. Dorland's paintings play with both the expectation of the viewer and the conventions of modern figure and landscape painting.

Kim Dorland lives and works in Toronto. He holds an MFA from York University in Toronto and has exhibited work in shows in Canada, the U.S. and Italy. In 2006 he received an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Visual Artists Awards Grant.