I’m not gonna lie. I live in a really cold place. I mean, it gets really cold. You might be surprised to know that on Saturday the temperature hit 29°C (84°F). It was glorious and that’s not even all that warm for us. It can actually get pretty hot in the summer. But those damn winters are a little rough. Back in the old days (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s?) people used to legally have to drive around with frost
shields on their car windows. What the hell is a frost shield you ask? They were clear plastic sheets that attached to your car windows and were supposed to keep them clear of frost, though they didn’t work very well. I guess cars have better heating systems these days, so they’ve ceased to exist.
Anyway a few years ago a group of artist friends of mine here in Winnipeg used to get together to have ‘Salon Nights’ to look at and critique each others work. We had a lot of fun doing this, and decided that we must be an artist’s collective. So naturally we needed a name. And well—a bit of a kerfuffle ensued. I won’t go into details, but the word kerfuffle just had to be incorporated into the name of our collective to honour this melee. And the mighty, but long lost Frost Shield became the symbol of an artist’s collective that resides in a frozen wasteland! Well, it’s not frozen right now, but I already covered that.
The Frost Shield Kerfuffle has now had two exhibitions, the first The only thing we have in common is that some of us are nice was at the Crea8tery gallery here in Winnipeg and the second one, Revolting! honoured the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and took place at the Edge Gallery. In some future blog post, I’ll talk about my work for those shows. And one of these days, if the Kerfuffle all agree, maybe I talk about the other members. Maybe they can do guest posts!
Anyway, the Frost Shield Kerfuffle’s third exhibition will be held at the Glesby Portage and District Arts Centre in Portage La Prairie Manitoba (pronounced port-idge) in June of next year. That show is entitled: Damaged Landscapes. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for that show, but since I’ve been doing an awful lot of portraiture I can’t get this phrase out of my head: ‘landscapes of the mind.’ I’m trying to figure out what that means, or maybe I don’t need too. Regardless, maybe the work will look a little like these four paintings? I just don’t know yet! Stay tuned, I will update here and on Instagram!