Canfor Gallery – May 2nd to June 15th, 2019
The title of this exhibition is associated with military language, and implies the time at which a specific event is about to take place. Vanderhoof, BC, artist Michael Rees develops paintings that tend to embody anxious anticipation, such as that experience before a critical moment is to occur. Primarily using photographs and video stills as source material, Rees composes unlikely or curious scenes, such as a young girl cleaning the inside of a tent, a swat team huddling in fear of an orange, and an apparent murder. In each case, Rees’ paintings provoke feelings of uncertainty and suspense, leading viewers to question what is happening and to wonder what might happen next.
Featured artwork: Michael Rees, Fire Fighter, 2016. Oil on canvas.