Currently on view at Freight and Volume in New York City is the exhibition Super! Natural!, new paintings by Toronto-based artist Kim Dorland. For this exhibition, which is his second with the gallery, the artist has continued exploring elements of suburbia in connection to the northern wilderness from which he lived. Many of the works contain odd juxtapositions such as abandon cars floating in a murky yet seemingly untouched landscape or the density of a forest, littered with graffiti on the trees. Other works depict the boredom of suburban youth, lounging on the curbs of extended lawns, creating a scene that is rather ubiquitous in much of the United States and Canada.
Formally, the artist renders these images with a hyper-colored palate, which helps to activate the rather mundane scenes. The artist applies paint with an exaggerated stroke, with volume often sitting well off of the canvas and very loosely rendered. In addition, much of the surface is also blurred through the mixed use of spray paint, oil and acrylics, creating a surface that is both luscious and seductive.
Dorland is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the York University in Toronto. He recently completed exhibitions at Bonelli Arte Contemporanea in Montova, Italy and Los Angeles, Angell Gallery in Toronto and Skew Gallery in Calgary, Alberta.