By: David Wistow, Interpretive Planner
It’s not every day you can get inside an artist’s mind. In the Blackwood exhibition there are three short films, all included with admission. They really give you a sense of the man, his unique etching technique, and the rock and sea of Newfoundland that inspired him. The first film dates from 1976. (Blackwood still has black hair!). It concentrates on the artist’s amazing skills as an etcher. The second features an interview conducted by Blackwood’s fellow Newfoundlander, CBC celebrity Rex Murphy (2008) and talk of the tough life of sealers and fishermen. The third, produced by the AGO, documents the artist’s 2009 trip to Bonavista Bay and the Newfoundland of his youth. The footage is mouthwatering. It makes you want to go there.
Total running time on continuous loop: 55 minutes
Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, opens this Saturday February 5.