July 15, 2017 - September 2, 2017
The two hundred and twenty works in this remarkable series were painted by Whitehorse artist Nicole Bauberger, over the past nine years. During that time, she drove across Canada, from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, stopping on the side of the road every 50 kilometres to paint a one-foot-square oil landscape from the back of her truck. Dangerous, lonely, exciting, tedious – her project was all of these, but is driven by the sense that Canada is to a large extent defined by our collective experience on its major roads, across both vast spaces and dense urban areas. Bauberger’s approach recognizes the road as our commons, possibly the “largest cultural artifact that we produce as a nation” and allows space for, as she comments in her artist statement, “boring views from ditches as well as mountains; dramatic skies and traffic signs.” The paintings themselves, while only one foot square, are full of texture and expressive brushwork, and glowing with her distinctive use of metallic pigments.
Nicole Bauberger lives and works in Whitehorse, Yukon – when not on the road – and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Her work resides in public collections across Canada and in many private collections across Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. With a BA from Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Bauberger has received training in fine art and art history from the Ontario College of Art + Design and Athabasca University, through an apprenticeship with Ontario painter David Bierk, and through a Northern Residents’ Research Award from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies. She has taught painting to all ages for the past 25 years.