Sunday, 2 March 2014

Invictus*

Where opposites wax and wane alternately, constantly...

Michael Davidson's solo exhibition The Key In The Lock at General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto 2014:












Best capturing the spirit of Davidson's paintings is Invictus, a poem by William Ernest Henley:

Out of the Night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


* Invictus is the title of one of Davidson's paintings on view.  Thank you, M, for your sharing.

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