Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life Edited by Dennis Reid

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Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life Edited by Dennis Reid

4to. pp. 239. profusely illustrated. biblio. index. wrs. Fredericton, N.B.: Goose Lane Editions [in association with] Art Gallery of Ontario, [2011].


ISBN-10: 0864926456 / ISBN-13: 9780864926456

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Jack Chambers was an artist of deep feeling and conviction. A founder of Canadian Artists' Representation, a filmmaker who created dreamlike explorations of consciousness and a painter who believed in the sanctity of sight, he lived an intensely affirmative life. In Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life, Dennis Reid and his team of curator-writers bring the artist's sensibility and his world view into focus, grouping works of all media into threads that highlight ways of seeing and of being present in the world.

A brilliant draughtsman and remarkable painter, Chambers spend his early adulthood travelling and studying in Europe, where he met Pablo Picasso. When he returned to his hometown of London, Ontario, in 1961, he found himself at the centre of a vibrant art scene that would become the backdrop for his films and the surrealist-influenced works based on his dream-like evocations of memory.

there was also in Chambers, a little bit of the mystic who believed he could see beyond the surface of things. To Enter the world presented by this book is to enter a space of reflection, where seeing is heightened and the world around us, painting by dreamlike painting and drawing by radiant drawing, becomes truly luminous.
In this unprecedent book, Dennis Reid has gathered together several writers to document various ideas in Chamber's work. Each essayist has looked at a sensation or connecting presence to explore an idea that sits as intertwining thread through the whole of Chamber's short career. Each have approached their subject with a combination of long-standing interest in the artist, acute fascination with a moment in Chamber's career and sensitivity to the particularities of his art. Together, they provide profound insight into the artist and his defining artistic processes.