Artist Statement

Horizon Watchers is an exhibition about the process of decision-making. The lone figure looking out to sea, shielding her eyes is culturally ubiquitous. Standing in their respective regalia, these watchers are searching, observing and weighing their options. They are in a state of reflection, a pause between actions.

Artists too gaze the horizon. They consider aspects of the world around them before expressing themselves through the creation of their work. The figures in this exhibition are depictions of art performance artists.  They are citizens of no land.  Their physical space is the installation but it’s in their thoughts where the action is. Here they reside in the delicate territory between awareness and action.

By using traditional ceramic and sculptural techniques, both art and craft are equally integral components within the concept and structure of each piece. These performers are captured pre-event, in a moment of thinking and contemplating their next move.  Some gaze toward the horizon.  Others stare blankly as they focus within.  

Gallery Installation   Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax,

Nova Scotia, Canada  

Reed Weir’s Horizon Watchers

Exhibition Article

Gloria Hickey

Eighteen of Weir’s figurative sculptures populate the Horizon Watchers exhibition.  They are performance artists with expressive costumes and eccentric hats- inspired by things like stinkhorn mushrooms.  They carry props and strike theatrical poses worth of La “ dy Gaga or Madonna.  But unlike the grand musical ladies, the sculptures are silent.  They are quietly observing the horizon and inviting us to enter an imagined but necessary dialogue.”