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Too Still to Move
Vivi HarderJune 9 to September 1, 2012
This selection of paintings by Nelson artist Vivi Harder was curated by Helen Sebelius and exhibited at the Kootenay Gallery, Castlegar in the fall of 2011.
There are many things in the world that are designed to accelerate how we live. With the fast pace of media generated news and views, quick access to information, and constant inundation of visual images, it is not often that we are given an invitation to slow down and truly contemplate what is before us. Vivi Harder’s paintings are such an invitation.
Too Still To Move is, in a sense, an antidote to the speed that defines contemporary life. The calming effect of repeated square formats and subtle colour combinations, and the unmistakable traces of the artist’s hand, quietly jolts us out of 21st century frenzy.
Favouring the personal, intuitive and spiritual, Harder moves away from the immediacy of intellectualizing life in a “just in time” culture. It is with the former that she offers her invitation to decelerate, or even stop, for a moment when we can imagine another way of being.
September 15, 2011