Winter: Ghost-Gear, is a compilation of objects that Doug Guildford has been painting over and over, with layers of white gesso. This work is an intuitive response to materials supported by reflection on the expiring off-shore fisheries and the people who work the shore.
Doug Guildford's, Winter: Ghost-Gear, is a compilation of objects that have been painted with layers and layers of white gesso. These objects, found, fabricated and altered include salvaged buoys and fragments of smashed and twisted lobster traps combined with carved plaster casts, sculpted wire, and various crocheted line and fibers. The work is an intuitive response to materials and process, supported by reflection on the expiring off-shore fisheries and the people that work the shore. The Ghost Fishery refers to the huge quantity of fishing gear, lost and abandoned at sea, and its toll of un-harvested kill, caught by this un-attended gear.
BIO: Doug Guildford is a largely self-taught Canadian visual artist, born in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, in 1948. Until recently he divided his time between his studios in downtown Toronto, and in Voglers Cove Nova Scotia, where he now lives full-time. His practice is rooted in drawing, encompasses printmaking, collection, and the manipulation and fabrication of objects. It acts as a short-hand for his take on the universe; lab notes; a compulsive kind of journal entry, and perhaps, a distillation of accumulated knowledge. It allows for obsessive sculptural crochet projects, and it wanders suggestively between male and female. He resists the prevalent dichotomous perspective, in favour of a non-binary viewpoint in all matters.