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Bond, Eleanor
The Cloudy Spectre of Detroit Hangs over Winnipeg
2008

The first of a new series of works, this dramatic drawing features an impressionistic gouache image of the city of Detroit perched on an ominiously sooty cloud, which hovers over the City of Winnipeg, delicately rendered in graphite. The piece is characteristic of Bond’s fluid and scumbled painting style, with typical nodes of sharp focus, and a vertiginous bird’s eye point of view. It features her dark humour and use of narrative titling, and reflects her long engagement with issues of urban development. While producing this work, she was actively – and successfully- lobbying with other arts leaders in Winnipeg (such as Shawna Dempsey and Robert Enright) to prevent a proposed stadium development which threatened to displace her studio building in the last zone of affordable large scale studio space in the core of the City. According to the artist, the drawing is akin to an oil and pencil work Bond exhibited in the Subconcious City exhibition presented at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in early 2008, curated by Shauna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.

 
Bond, Eleanor
born Winnipeg, Manitoba 1948
The Cloudy Spectre of Detroit Hangs over Winnipeg
2008
Goauche and pencil on gesso on rag paper
overall: 56 cm x 76 cm
Gift of the artist, 2008
51-019

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