Trading Greens for Tans

Trading Greens for Tans

Scott Waters

From June 3rd to June 28th
Opening June 5th, 2009 from 7-10pm

LE Gallery is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with new gallery artist Scott Waters. Trading Greens for Tans documents the result of Waters participation in the Canadian Forces Artists Program. Waters’ work has just returned from a major solo exhibition, “It’s Great to be a Man in Times Like These” at Rodman Hall Arts Centre in St Catherines, and is included in the touring show, “A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan”, organized by the Canadian War Museum and currently on view at the McMichael in Kleinburg and traveling to Museum London, the Canadian War Museum, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and others.

In 2006 Scott Waters went to CFB Gagetown NB as part of The Canadian Forces Artist Program. He was attached to 2RCR as they trained for the bloodied Afghan combat mission. Initially, his focus was on depictions of an infantry unit as an inverted, utopic, (and principally fraternal) community. In the wake of this attachment, however, he became more invested in the contentious issue of how, or whether, military themed art can address the inherent suffering and trauma that war inflicts on all involved.

A working thesis in Trading Greens For Tans is that all images depicting military subjects, no matter how banal, are about death, destruction and waste. At the same time, no image is capable of depicting the horrors of war nor is any image fully capable of capturing the sublime beauty and fraternal intensity of the insular world of combat soldiering.

Scott Waters is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at York University (2004) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria (1997). From 1989 to 1992 Waters served as an infantryman in the Third Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Bravo “B” Company, stationed in Victoria, British Columbia. In Fall 2006, Cumulus Press published The Hero Book, a hybrid work including Waters’ drawings, paintings and writing about his experience in the Canadian Army. Scott Waters thanks The Canadian Forces; The Directorate of History and Heritage; The Canadian Forces Artist Program (Notably Dr. John MacFarlane); The Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, and especially India Company.