Prince Edward Island is connected to NB by the Confederation Bridge, a 12.9 km structure that is the longest in the world spanning an ice-covered body of water. The arch of the bridge carries vehicles to a height of 60 metres above the Northumberland Strait on an elevated roadway that's high enough to allow fishing boats and cruise liners to pass between the piers below. On the day of our crossing wind gusts reduced traffic to 60 km per hour, a slow touring speed that allowed me to enjoy a spectacular view of white-capped waves and the distant red earth shoreline.
|The Confederation Bridge viewed from Cape Jourimain, NB|
|Confederation Centre of the Arts houses a gallery, theatre and restaurant|
|On the end wall, "Entering the Beginnings of the Big Dipper's Horizon" 1989|
I am snared by one of the water paintings, a vertical high-contrast piece composed of concentric rings and zigzag lines. It is a complex painting that expands the beauty of a rippling, elongated reflection far enough that it opens to reveal a threat. The comeliness of Nature, the seductive camouflage of her colours, forms and patterns, fools us into thinking that she is benign. Look long enough and Alexander's work will pose a challenge, compelling you to go beyond the surface.
|David T. Alexander, "Salient Rings, Bisque Camouflage" 2009, acrylic on canvas, 80" x 48"|
- Oscar Wilde, preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray" 1891
"David Alexander: The Shape of Place" continues at the Confederation Arts Centre until January 20th, 2013. Here is a link to the artist's website.