April 6 – 27, 2013
Walnut Contemporary is showcasing “Breathing Space”, an exhibition of new paintings by senior Canadian artist Milly Ristvedt. This exhibition marks the return for Ristvedt from over a decade of private studio work to the gallery milieu. Active in the late sixties and seventies period of post-abstract expressionism with mentors such as Jack Bush, Milly’s work re-emerges with a new significance of verticality and colour as “the visual meditations of the human condition, and the possibility of hope” (Milly Ristvedt, February, 2013).
But the question is, who is her new audience? As young adults, including myself, find ourselves in a generation of looking back, and trying to find out how to communicate with the art re-emerging from old eras? What we encounter with Ristvedt’s work is all the heart of the challenging Canadian post-abstract expressionists with a new sense of modernity. Her work is quiet but powerful, subtle but it speaks to audiences of the long past, the immediate present, and the hopeful future. But for today, in a contemporary understanding, Ristvedt challenges even the ripest painters of our young generation; one could say we have something to learn.