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Kate Bright, Between a Dog and a Wolf 4, 2018, oil on canvas, 55 × 47". From the series “Between a Dog and a Wolf,” 2018.

Kate Bright

Locks Gallery

Kate Bright, Between a Dog and a Wolf 4, 2018, oil on canvas, 55 × 47". From the series “Between a Dog and a Wolf,” 2018.

The title of Kate Bright’s exhibition, “Soft Estate,” referred to the fertile swaths of land that run parallel to railroads and highways in the UK, where Bright photographed the flourishing nonnative flora that are, in her words, “escapees from the domesticated environment.” Painted from composites of these photographs, Bright’s sensuous—and deeply ethical—canvases extend her two-decade occupation with the landscape as both urgent environmental concern and contested artistic genre.   

In Holloway, 2017, which is named after a major London thoroughfare, massive mustard yellow, flame red, peachy orange, and hot-pink leaves tinged with lilac crowded into the foreground like overgrown shrubs blocking a hiking trail, creating the illusion of foliage aggressively pushing out of the painting’s bounds and into the viewer’s physical space. In the past, Bright’s series of (literally)

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