At Art Rotterdam, Kers Gallery will show new works by Marc Mulders, Kim Dorland, David Bade and Anna Sophia de Vries. The title of this presentation is going to be the Green Man, a mythical green-faced figure whose hair consists of leaves and branches. He is the spirit of the forest, the aura of the plants and the trees; in the past, people would offer him sacrifices before planting crops. In mythology, the color green represents fertility and growth.
During his business in the forest or in the countryside, the human encounters the Green Man. Today, this mythical figure is a symbol of nature’s caretaker, a prophet who warns and disapproves of our plunder of the nature’s riches. That is why, in addition to the typically green Green Man, there is also a Green Man depicted in red.
Not only does green stand for growth and fertility; it can also represent decay and death, Hence, depicted blazing-red colors is the Green Man with horns, witnessing an ecocide. He has become the devil himself after seeing how human beings abuse and poison nature with pesticides, pollution, livestock farming and
Kim Dorland is a contemporary Canadian painter best known for his visceral depictions of densely forested landscapes, trailer parks, raucous parties, and zombies. The artist often revisits themes of his personal experience growing up impoverished, falling in love, and the challenges modern society poses to the natural environment. The thickness of his paint application—often requiring bolts in its display to support the weight of the many layers of oil paint—is similar to the sculpturally painted works of Gina Beavers, while the playful vernacular imagery is reminiscent of Jonas Wood. Born in 1974 in Wainwright, Canada, Dorland went on to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver before earning his MFA from York University in Toronto in 2003. In 2017, Equinox Gallery in Vancouver featured the artist’s newest paintings in a solo show, “Nemophilia,” and he has shown widely throughout Canada and the United States. The artist’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, among others. Dorland lives and works in Toronto, Canada.