The exhibition "The Land of Kubla Kahn" will show new works from the Canadian artist Kate Waters. The title of this new exhibition was taken from the popular English poem "Kubla Kahn or a Vision in a Dream: A Fragment" by Samuel Coleridge (1772-1834). Coleridge himself described the poem as a psychological curiosity. It is the product of a fictitious recollection of reality, like a dream on paper tainted by a dose of medicinal opium. Kate Waters uses this poem as a metaphor for the act of painting from photography and bringing forth the anticipation of a reality change.
The titles of Kate Waters' exhibitions have always referred to contemporary opinions which she translates quite subjectively in her works. Kate Waters' atmospheric realism continues to be a theme even in this exhibition "The Land of Kubla Kahn". However, in this newest exhibition of mostly large scale oil paintings, the streets, alleys and cafés seem to be almost cleared, deserted of people. The only crowds to be seen such as in the paintings titled "You're a fool if you think it is over" and "Miss Spentyouth or Oblivia and Promiscuity Downtown", are gathered around water sources and appear to be passing time, as if waiting for something or someone.
In some of her paintings, Kate Waters has collaged images together in a more obvious manner, in order to bring about the impression that a reality fault line has been crossed, and that the shift in perception demanded of the viewer is perhaps an indication of the eminence of things to come.