Casual Frontier Joins the KWAG Colllection
Purchased with funds donated by Senta Ross, Kitchener, in appreciation for the support provided by KWAG to early career artists, 2018.
In preparing a new body of work for inclusion in The Brain is wider than the Sky, Rhodenizer revisited a period of transformation in the life of the influential American expressionist, Marsden Hartley. During the mid-1930’s, Hartley fell in love with Blue Rocks, a small fishing village in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Hartley’s time in the region was shaped by his fondness for the Masons, a fishing family who had taken him in as a boarder. Living in near isolation and in close proximity to the ocean, the Masons sought comfort and support from one another. To be with them, was to be one of them. When a violent storm off the coast of Blue Rocks tragically took the lives of the two Mason sons, Hartley was overcome with grief. The work he made during that period focused on the Mason family dynamics and the cruel landscape that had wrought such pain.
Taking cues from Hartley’s maritime experience and correspondence, Amanda Rhodenizer’s Casual Frontier series considers how intimacy can shape a dynamic between guests and hosts. In making this series, Rhodenizer staged photo shoots at a rented beach-side home in Blue Rocks. Her subjects are often shown in tandem – the home owner and a model as guest. They peer through glass, and at times through each other, fixing their gaze on objects or events in a local “elsewhere”. Rendered in greyed hues, her interior compositions are sometimes punctuated by a vertical line that conveys the threshold between two rooms while symbolizing the distance–both emotional and physical–that separates her subjects. KWAG is thrilled to make Casual Frontier, the titular work from this recent series, one of our newest acquisitions for the Permanent Collection. We look forward to sharing this work with our public for years to come.