We are of the earth and the sea. As we emerge from the “canvas of our being,“ we figuratively push the horizon down to begin to experience the insubstantial sky. We reach out to this transcendent space but we cannot grasp it; yet at our core we are relentlessly driven to move towards it.
The 16 original works in Boundless—Chadwick Arcinue’s first solo show outside the USA—distinctively explore this journey. The starting four seascapes describe the space of origin, imbuing the scene with color and texture in new and daringly unconventional ways, reflecting the different fabrics of time and reality. Here, the horizon defines the tension between the sea and the sky, between earth and heaven. The horizon—flat, constant—is the serene arbiter between darkness and light, both the seam and seamless connection between the two, riveting our attention as to what is temporal and what is infinite.
Then, with the next 12 skyscapes, Chadwick breaks out into the dimension of air, literally, as these are all executed on unprimed linen, possessing an inherent translucence, with some areas layered so thinly with the medium as to seem unfinished, evocative of an unfulfilled yearning, a seeking of completion, edges with no end.
Each of us exists in our own separate seascape. Chadwick’s art calls us to the task of always going beyond, to transcend the horizon and to reach the skyscape of one’s own, and one’s own only. For if ever we succeed in this quest, even if only for fleeting moments, we will find ourselves…boundless.