Friday, March 02, 2007

"Trickster" Begins Tomorrow at the Bearclaw Gallery

Like A Thief In The Night
24" x 36"
Mixed Media
on Canvas

The road sign is cut off, incomplete. If unbroken, it would read "Menaik Road". I've passed by this road a hundred times on my way back to Edmonton from the south, and one day, I might just slow down and turn the wheel, and see what lies down that path. One day. Words we all say, and it's like a nice cushion to rest our heads upon, a balm to soothe us. But the truth is, we don't know for sure if that day will come. Oh, it will come for someone! But maybe not for you, maybe not for me. After all, we have only so much time.

So why don't I just take that road? Because I don't know it. I don't know where it will lead. A map might give me markers, but it can never detail my destination.

I'm speaking around this painting. I realize that. There are those who will clearly see the symbols, and divine a meaning, or a hundred meanings. There are some things you can say, and some things you can't. The words stop, the tongue sticks and it all just stops.

3 comments:

Arrogant Polyglot said...

I've seen the sign, too, on my many trips back to Edmonton from visiting the folks in Calgary.

Being a road trip person myself, I one day decided to finally go down a similar road to see just what the heck was at the other end.

The road took me to Calmar.

Being gay, in a white VW Golf in Calmar probably wasn't going to mesh well with local cultures and customs. I decided to leave immediately :)

PS - Toil & Trouble is a beautiful piece. Nice job.

DRZ said...

I've been driving up & down hwy2 a lot, and I think the same thing every time I see that sign. I was wondering what rd you'd painted...

Aaron Paquette said...

Being gay, in a white VW Golf in Calmar probably wasn't going to mesh well with local cultures and customs.

I laughed. But maybe Calmar would've surprised you, who knows?

ps. Thank you.


DRZ,

The painting is still in the gallery for a while yet, I'm sure (it's not exactly the kind of thing that "brightens up" a living room, so it will wait for the right person to find it), so you can swing by and check it out if you're ever in the area.